‘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.
You can download a one-page flyer with more detail about our project.