‘Genre Worlds: Australian Popular Fiction in the Twenty-First Century’ is a research project funded by an ARC Discovery Project Grant between 2016 and 2018 (DP160101308). It brings together four researchers as Chief Investigators:
- Dr Kim Wilkins, Senior Lecturer in Writing at the University of Queensland and popular fiction author
- Professor David Carter, FAHA, Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History at the University of Queensland
- Dr Beth Driscoll, Lecturer in Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne
- Dr Lisa Fletcher, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Tasmania
The research project aims to systematically examine 21st-century Australian popular fiction, the most significant growth area in Australian trade publishing since the turn of the century. Its three areas of investigation are: the publishing of Australian popular fiction; the interrelationships between Australian popular fiction and Australian genre communities; and the textual distinctiveness of Australian popular novels in relation to genre. Research will centre on thirty novels across three genres (fantasy, romance and crime), building a comprehensive picture of the practices and processes of Australian popular fiction through detailed examination of trade data, close reading of texts, and interviews with industry figures.
In the first year of the project we have been gathering data, building community relationships, organising events and writing and presenting on our research. You can download a flyer (PDF, 1 MB) which outlines the exciting progress we made in 2016.
You can also download a flyer (PDF, 1 MB) providing further detail about the project’s aims, methodology, and research team.