The 'Lad Lit' dilemma : institutional influences on creative writing practice

Martin, Samuel James Louis (2008) The 'Lad Lit' dilemma : institutional influences on creative writing practice. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis consists of a novel, eighteenth, and an exegesis, The ‘Lad Lit’ Dilemma: Institutional influences on creative writing practice. It will address my research question; how did institutional factors surrounding the publishing category of Lad Lit influence my creative practice in drafting and re-drafting the novel eighteenth?

eighteenth is the story of Will Swift, a seventeen year-old Brisbane university student. Will is part of a close group of friends from high school. When he falls for Kate, family friend of his mate Simon, his first semester of study becomes more complicated than he might have expected. Will’s movement through these issues and character development is represented symbolically through four eighteenth birthday parties. The project’s exegesis then analyses the changing nature of the publishing industry in the last twenty years, and the implications of these changes for creative writers.

Together, the two elements of this practice-led research will articulate the shift in the balance between the cultural and commercial imperatives of publishers, explain the impact of this shift for the publishing category of Lad Lit, and explore the ramifications of this for creative writing practitioners.

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ID Code: 17032
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Bolland, Craig D.
Keywords: Lad Lit, lad literature, Ladlit, publishing industry, globalization, creative writing, creative writing practice, Nick Hornby, self-reflexive practice, practice-led research
Divisions: Past > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 19 Dec 2008 00:50
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2011 13:52

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