Marking out the pitch : a historiography and taxonomy of football fiction

McGowan, Lee (2015) Marking out the pitch : a historiography and taxonomy of football fiction. Soccer & Society, 16(1), pp. 76-97.

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Football, or soccer as it is more commonly referred to in Australia and the US, is arguably the world’s most popular sport. It generates a proportionate volume of related writing. Within this landscape, works of novel-length fiction are seemingly rare. This paper establishes and maps a substantial body of football fiction works, explores elements and qualities exhibited individually and collectively. In bringing together current, limited surveys of the field, it presents the first rigorous definition of football fiction and captures the first historiography of the corpus. Drawing on distant reading methods developed in conjunction with closer textual analyses, the historiography and subsequent taxonomy represent the first articulation of relationships across the body of work, identify growth areas and establish a number of movements and trends. In advancing the understanding of football fiction as a collective body, the paper lays foundations for further research and consideration of the works in generic terms.

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ID Code: 61767
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online 14 Feb 2014. The embargo on the accepted manuscript version will expire on 14 August 2015.
Keywords: Football, Football Fiction, Historiography, Taxonomy, Soccer Fiction
DOI: 10.1080/14660970.2014.882820
ISSN: 1466-0970
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) (190402)
Divisions: Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2014 04:00
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2016 21:24

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