Resourceful Reading

The New Empiricism, eResearch and Australian Literary Culture

Edited by Katherine Bode and Robert Dixon

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Format: paperback
378 pages
ISBN: 9781920899455
Publication: 11 Jan 2010

This collection provides the first comprehensive account of eResearch and the new empiricism as they are transforming the field of Australian literary studies in the twenty-first century. These effects are especially evident in the exponential expansion of the online research environment, the rise of book history, print culture studies, the history of reading and publishing, and in the resulting transformation of Australian literary criticism and history.

The essays range from accounts of the state of the discipline in its international contexts with a particular focus on future directions, to exemplary applications of empirical methods by leading critics and scholars. Reports on current large-scale online projects that represent a significant future direction of literary studies in Australia are also included. Together, they demonstrate the possibilities and the range of new empirical and electronic approaches to Australian literary studies.

Katherine Bode is an associate professor in literary and textual studies at Australian National University.

Robert Dixon is professor of Australian literature at the University of Sydney. He is a general editor in Sydney University Press’ Sydney Studies in Australian Literature series.

Contributors

Resourceful reading: a new empiricism in the digital age?
Katherine Bode and Robert Dixon

Section 1: the state and future of the discipline
1. Structures, networks, institutions: the new empiricism, book history and literary history
 David Carter
2. The book, scholarly editing and the electronic edition
 Paul Eggert
3. Old tricks for new dogs: resurrecting bibliography and literary history
 Carol Hetherington

Section 2: case studies
4. Australian literature in the translation zone: Robert Dessaix and David Malouf
 Robert Dixon
5. Australian literature in a world of books: a transnational history of Kylie Tennant’s The Battlers
 Roger Osborne
6. Books in selected Australian newspapers, December 1930
 Robert Thomson and Leigh Dale
7. Magical numbers
 Ivor Indyk
8. Emerging black writing and the University of Queensland Press
 Deborah Jordan
9. Making Aboriginal history: the cultural mission in Australian book publishing and the publication of Henry Reynolds’s The Other Side of the Frontier
 Mark Davis
10. From British domination to multinational conglomeration? A revised history of Australian novel publishing, 1950–2007
 Katherine Bode
11. Squinting at a sea of dots: visualising Australian readerships using statistical machine learning
 Julieanne Lamond and Mark Reid
12. Is a picture worth 10,175 Australian novels?
 Jason D. Ensor
13. Voices from the past: gender, politics and the anthology
 Gillian Whitlock

Section 3: project reports
14. AustLit: creating a collaborative research space for Australian literary studies
 Kerry Kilner
15. A place in stories: a report on the literature of Tasmania subset of the AustLit database
 Tony Stagg and Philip Mead
16. AusStage: from database of performing arts to a performing database of the arts
 Neal Harvey, Helena Grehan and Joanne Tompkins
17. Constructing APRIL: the Australian Poetry Resources Internet Library
 John Tranter and Elizabeth Webby
18. An Australian reading experience database, 1788–
 Patrick Buckridge

Index

'The impressive range of material assembled here demonstrates that Australian literary studies are alive and well and opens up new perspectives for future study.'
Margaret Sankey   The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America

Format: paperback
Size: 210 × 148 × 27 mm
378 pages
11 b&w illustrations and 16 b&w tables
Copyright: © 2010
ISBN: 9781920899455
Publication: 11 Jan 2010