'Playing football fiction' : leveraging the strengths of autodiegesis in a football narrative

McGowan, Lee Hugh (2007) 'Playing football fiction' : leveraging the strengths of autodiegesis in a football narrative. Masters by Research by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.

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This thesis consists of a novel, Some Tartan Hyde, and an exegesis, Playing Football Fiction: Leveraging the strengths of autodiegesis in a football narrative and will address my research question; How do I leverage the strengths of an autodiegetic narrator to represent 'playing football fiction' in an engaging way? Some Tartan Hyde is the story of immigrant Mish Gordon, an amateur footballer, who joins a local team to help him become more comfortable in his new surroundings. He is having trouble settling into life in a new country and getting his head around cultural barriers. The protagonist's dealings with these issues and his character development are symbolised and paralleled in the football games that periodically take place within the narrative. Some Tartan Hyde is written in a present tense autodiegetic perspective. Approximately 25% of the page space is given over to 'playing football fiction'. The exegesis explores the portrayal of the football game events from a player's realtime on the pitch perspective. It examines the use of present tense autodiegesis within the broader football fiction genre, and the strengths and weaknesses associated with using the perspective as a means of narration. It will then examine Some Tartan Hyde and consider the level of success and previously unrealised benefits achieved in using this perspective in a football fiction narrative. Together, the elements of this practice-led research will present an overview of the historical and contemporary developments and understanding of the autodiegetic perspective, address the dominant perspectives within the genre, offer an interpretation of the conventions as they have been presented in football fiction, and examine the context of a new approach in a novel-length work of creative writing research.

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ID Code: 16603
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Bolland, Craig & Bourke, Nicole
Additional Information: The Faculty has granted an embargo until 16 July 2020.
Keywords: autodiegesis, football narrative
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Lee Hugh McGowan
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 04:06
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2015 01:36

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