Prose fiction’s infinite playlist : encountering music in fiction narrative

Hutton, Rebecca 2012, Prose fiction’s infinite playlist : encountering music in fiction narrative, in Proceedings of the 17th Conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, Australasian Association of Writing Programs, Canberra, A.C.T., pp. 1-9.

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Title Prose fiction’s infinite playlist : encountering music in fiction narrative
Author(s) Hutton, Rebecca
Conference name Australasian Association of Writing Programs. Conference (17th : 2012 : Geelong, Vic.)
Conference location Geelong, Vic.
Conference dates 25-27 Nov. 2012
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 17th Conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs
Editor(s) Pont, Antonia
Todd, Ruby
Dredge, Rhonda
Atherton, Cassandra
Johanson, Katya
West, Patrick
Publication date 2012
Conference series Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher Australasian Association of Writing Programs
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Keyword(s) Young adult fiction
music
paratexts
Nick and Norah’s infinite playlist
Summary This paper will argue that reference to music in young-adult prose fiction stimulates movement across narrative and artistic boundaries in ways that facilitate a unique reading encounter. The inclusion of musical reference opens up a space for a multisensory experience that is beyond that of the reading experience devoid of musical association, even when the audio is not immediately available at the time of reading. This experience is bound to the role of the reader, however, be it through the remembered or imagined experience of the music that is signaled in-text, or even the reader’s pursuit of the audio in response to the reading. As ‘a threshold literature’ (Eaton 2010, np) that targets a young audience for whom ‘popular music is globally acknowledged as affectively and culturally central’ (Bloustien & Peters 2011, 4), young-adult fiction is an apt space for explorations into the potential that exists when a text includes musical reference. In particular, Gerard Genette’s paratexts (1997), J Hillis Miller’s ‘membranes’ (2005) and T Austin Graham’s ‘literary soundtrack’ (2009) will be used to examine how Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s young-adult fiction novel Nick and Norah’s infinite playlist (2006) functions as an ‘infinite playlist’ in itself via a series of paratextual and epitextual elements. Discussion of the latticework of music-narrative interaction that exists as a part of this text will facilitate an understanding of how musical reference can encourage movement within and beyond the narrative towards a potentially unique reading experience.
ISBN 9780980757361
Language eng
Field of Research 190402 Creative Writing (incl Playwriting)
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2012
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051637

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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