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DAILY FORECAST (care of Describing Things in Canberra):  

Wednesday Canberra weather: regardless of any thing Neil Finn may have said, you don’t really have your own personal weather bubble. You can easily test this by travelling from the Woden Valley to the northside on foggy morning. Or getting on a plane in December and flying to Helsinki.

So those of you who are in Canberra today will probably experience much the same weather as each other. Warm to hot and slighty sticky. The weather equivalent of spilling cocoa on your new trousers.

Chemical interventions such as deodorant, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and anti-histamines are strongly indicated. Consider long before you commit to opaque tights, however hairy your legs are. Once the sun is over the yard arm, applications of gin and tonic may be beneficial.



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Tuesday, November 29 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Thievery and Influence in Young Adult Fiction :: 2A14

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Denise Beckton: 

Thievery and influence in young adult fiction

Young Adult fiction is a constantly evolving genre. It draws inspiration from other fiction, from popular culture, from publishers and theorists, and even from itself. We will explore, as best we can, some of the ways that YA fiction collaborates with its influences – whether by writing back to a publishing trend, or by writing back to its fans, or by writing back to the worlds created by a particular author – and how these collaborations affect theorists’ understanding of the genre overall. ‘Stealing the limelight: the effect of global Young Adult bestselling fiction’. This research, drawn from Beckton’s masters thesis, exposes the strategies and behaviours that facilitate, hasten and heighten changes in the YA market. This can lead to narrowed reading, writing and publishing opportunities within the genre.

Lauren Briggs: Stealing from Within: Internal intertextuality in the work of Fiona Wood

This conference asks, “Where do we find the sources for our ideas, our language, our stories?” For award winning Australian Young Adult fiction author Fiona Wood, the source is, in part, her own work.
     Wood’s books contain a range of intertextual references to external sources, including direct references to novels such as Jayne Eyre, plays, movies, magazines, as well as thematic allusions and imitations of classic fairytale narratives.
      Additionally Wood references, reuses, or steals characters from her own stories, promoting minor characters to protagonist status, and relegating them again. She also references her earlier narratives in her later works. In doing this across her books, Six Impossible Things (2010), Wildlife (2013), and Cloudwish (2015) Wood creates a trilogy or series, of sorts, where characters are related through their educational experience and relationships.
      The fictional world inhabited by the characters continues as they grow and age across the books, allowing Wood to continually explore the stories and lives of her characters who are diverse culturally and socially, and yet also closely connected.
      This paper suggests that Wood constructs the storyworld in these books in ways that support revisiting them intertextually, somewhat authorising Wood to steal from her own stories. This argument will be developed through analysis of the texts using two of Gerard Genette’s five types of transtextuality, intertextuality and hypertextuality (as detailed in Genette’s, Palimpsests: Literature in the Second Degree(1997)), to explore the use of these transtextual elements in the storyworld.

Jessica Seymour: Representations of fanfiction in the works of Rainbow Rowell; ‘Borrowing… Repurposing. Remixing. Sampling’

Fanfiction is the realm of young people – usually young women. It offers a space for them to explore sexuality, relationship dynamics, notions of power, and agency in a safe space with recognisable characters and situations. Fanfiction tropes have occasionally found their way into published works, and some contemporary published authors began their careers as young fanfiction writers, but the fanfiction writing community has often drawn derision in popular culture. This paper examines the representation of fanfiction tropes and authors in the works of Rainbow Rowell, and argues that Rowell’s books Fangirl and Carry On model a more positive and inclusive approach to representing fanfiction. While Fangirl celebrates the work of fanfiction authors by exploring the positive effects of fanfiction writing practice, the supportive community which surrounds these authors, and the socio-cultural benefits to exploring sexuality and relationship dynamics through vicarious experience, Carry On offers a practical demonstration and model of fanfiction in action. Rowell’s works offer a metatextual encounter with fanfiction writing and community which celebrates the practice rather than condemning it. 


Anthony Eaton

Dr Anthony Eaton has been writing professionally since the late -1990s and is the author of 11 novels for children, young adults, and adults. He is president of the Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research (ACLAR), and is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Canberra where he is researching the changing nature of young adult fiction in Australia, and the lived experience of creative practitioners... Read More →


Denise Beckton

Central Queensland University
With a background in public health and education, Denise Beckton is a Lecturer in Creative Industries at Central Queensland University in Noosa, Queensland. Denise has recently completed a research higher degree in Creative Industries (creative writing), which comprised the writing of a Young Adult novel and a related dissertation that explores the construction and use of invented languages in fiction. Denise is the recipient of multiple awards... Read More →
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Lauren Briggs

HDR Student, University of Canberra
Lauren Briggs is a Phd candidate and sessional tutor at the University of Canberra. Her research is looking at how writers use intertextuality in Australian young adult fiction and her interests include young adult fiction, Australian fiction, adaptation studies, and intertextuality.

Jessica Seymour

HU University of Applied Sciences
Dr Jessica Seymour is an Australian early-career researcher and lecturer at HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht. Her research interests include children’s and YA literature, transmedia storytelling, and popular culture. She has contributed chapters to several essay collections, which range in topic from fan studies, to Doctor Who, to ecocriticism in the works of JRR Tolkien. She is currently researching gender dynamics in the... Read More →

Tuesday November 29, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
2A14 Building 2, UC

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