Genre worlds: Australian popular fiction in the 21st century (2016–2019)

This research project will offer the first systematic examination of 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, 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.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
  • Associate Professor
    School of Communication and Arts
    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Deputy Associate Dean (Research)
    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Funded by:
Australian Research Council