Faster Than Words

McGowan, Lee Hugh (2011) Faster Than Words. PhD by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.

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This practice-led research contextualises and advances the novel as a form within the fiction of football (commonly referred to as soccer in Australia). This is a field which has undergone very little academic scrutiny.

Through adapting and developing a distant reading model of abstraction and using it in conjunction with closer textual analyses, this research develops the first historiography of football fiction. The model is used to realise a set of broad conventions, map relationships across the body of work and identify growth areas. The thesis argues that football fiction exhibits qualities which warrant the works being described collectively as a genre. A comparison of young adult and adult football fictions will highlight the similarities and differences that occur in literary technique in texts aimed at these readerships, as they appear to be distinct to football fiction.

The generic conventions and identified divergences are used to inform and are reflected in an original novel-length work of young adult fantasy football fiction, entitled Blaming David Beckham. The objectives of this novel, as an extension to the research, are to explore and demonstrate the findings and advance the understanding of the generic elements of football fiction.

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ID Code: 59448
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Hancox, Donna, Pearce, Sharyn, & Bolland, Craig
Additional Information: The Faculty has granted an embargo until 16 July 2020.
Keywords: Football Fiction, Soccer Fiction, Historiography, Creative Writing, Distant Reading, Young Adult Fiction, 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: 03 May 2013 06:45
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2015 01:42

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