Thema Subject Categories 1.4

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F Fiction and Related items
DO NOT USE: code ‘F’ itself, but select specific categories from section F*. Use all F* codes with: other subject categories and qualifiers where appropriate, in particular PLACE 1* and/or TIME PERIOD 3* Qualifiers where these aspects are particularly pertinent and significant. N.B. F* codes maybe used with appropriate non-fiction categories to indicate key settings or topics of the narrative, but for all adult fiction the primary category must be an F* code. FX* codes may be used to indicate a strong underlying theme. Also use with 5H*, 5J*, 5L* or 5P* qualifiers when these represent a significant topic or part of the appeal of the narrative. FY* codes may be used to indicate special features of a fiction title
FX Fiction: narrative themes
Use all FX* codes for: identifying the primary theme of a narrative work, when that theme is not conveyed by the choice of a genre fiction category. Use all FX* codes with: other F* codes indicating genre or type, or with DB*, DC*, DD* or XQ* codes, to indicate the principal underlying narrative theme of a work of fiction. FX* codes can be also be used in conjunction with non-fiction categories to give greater definition to the narrative theme where appropriate. DO NOT USE: FX* codes as the primary or main subject code
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FXB Narrative theme: Coming of age
Class here: bildungsroman
FXD Narrative theme: Love and relationships
Use for: fiction where a strong relationship or love is the central theme but not a genre romance novel. This can include friendships, family relationships etc as long as it is one of the principal themes of the story. Use with: INTEREST 5* Qualifiers for detail of specific kinds of relationships as appropriate
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FXE Narrative theme: Environmental issues
Use for: fiction that addresses a specific environmental issue as a central theme
FXL Narrative theme: Death, grief, loss
Use for: fiction where a loss or the experience of grief is a central theme
FXM Narrative theme: Interior life
Use for: fiction which places particular emphasis on interior characterization, and on the motives, feelings and thoughts of characters.
Prefer: FHX for psychological thrillers
FXN Narrative theme: Identity / belonging
Use for: fiction where the identity, the sense of, or search for, identity (of whatever kind, social, cultural, religious, gender, etc) of the main character(s) is the main, or one of the main themes of the story. Use with: other subject codes and INTEREST 5* Qualifiers as appropriate
FXP Narrative theme: Politics
Use for: fiction where political concerns are the underlying narrative theme including political allegories.
Prefer: FHP for political thrillers
FXQ Narrative theme: displacement, exile, migration
Use for: fiction that has major themes relating to diasporas, dispersion, asylum, deracination, forced relocation, cultural transitions, forced journeys, etc
FXR Narrative theme: Sense of place
Use for: fiction set in a real location (often but not necessarily rural or historic), where the setting very deeply pervades the work to the extent that it could not be set anywhere else; e.g. the French tradition of ‘roman du terroir’. Use with: PLACE 1* Qualifiers
FXS Narrative theme: Social issues
Use for: fiction that addresses a specific social problem or issue as a central theme. Use with: other non-fiction codes, especially JBF* codes, to give more detail of the main social issue
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