Reading by Numbers: An Outcome of The Australian Literary and Publishing History Project

TypeCollection
TitleReading by Numbers: An Outcome of The Australian Literary and Publishing History Project
Brief TitleReading by Numbers
Collection TypeCollection
Access PrivilegesSchool of Culture, History and Language
DOI - Digital Object Identifier10.25911/5c8f2124c1d95
Metadata LanguageEnglish
Data LanguageEnglish
Brief DescriptionIn Reading by Numbers, I propose and demonstrate a new digital approach to literary history. Drawing on bibliographical information on the Australian novel in the AustLit database, I address debates and issues in literary studies through a method that combines book history’s pragmatic approach to literary data with the digital humanities' idea of computer modeling as an experimental and iterative practice.
Full DescriptionIn Reading by Numbers, I propose and demonstrate a new digital approach to literary history. Drawing on bibliographical information on the Australian novel in the AustLit database, I address debates and issues in literary studies through a method that combines book history’s pragmatic approach to literary data with the digital humanities' idea of computer modeling as an experimental and iterative practice.

As well as showcasing this method, the case studies in Reading by Numbers provide a revised history of the Australian novel, focusing on the nineteenth century and the decades since the end of the Second World War, and engaging with a range of themes including literary and cultural value, authorship, gender, genre and the transnational circulation of fiction.

My findings challenge established arguments in Australian literary studies, book history, feminism, and gender studies, while presenting innovative ways of understanding literature, publishing, authorship and reading, and the relationships between them. More broadly, by demonstrating critical ways in which the growing number of digital archives in the humanities can be mined, modeled and visualised, Reading by Numbers offers new directions and scope for digital humanities research.
Contact Emailkatherine.bode@anu.edu.au
Contact AddressSchool of Literature Languages & Linguistics
Research School of Humanities & the Arts
14 Ellery Crescent, A.D. Hope Building
The Australian National University
ACT 2600 Australia
Contact Phone Number+61 2 6125 9845
Principal InvestigatorKatherine Bode
SupervisorsKatherine Bode
Fields of Research200502 - Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Type of Research ActivityStrategic basic research
Date Coverage
Date FromDate To
18302006
Geospatial Location
Location TypeLocation Value
TextAustralia
Date of data creation2007
Year of data publication2019
Creator(s) for Citation
Given NameSurname
KatherineBode
Publisher for CitationANU Data Commons, The Australian National University
Publications

Identifier Type
International Standard Book Number
Identifier Value
9780857284549 (hbk.)
Publication Title
Reading by Numbers: Recalibrating the Literary Field
Publication Reference
Bode, K 2012, Reading by Numbers: Recalibrating the Literary Field, Anthem Press, UK.


Related Websites
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https://www.austlit.edu.au/specialistDatasets/ResourcefulReading/ReadingByNumbersAustLit
Access Rights TypeOpen
Rights held in and over the dataCreative Commons Licence (CC BY) is assigned to this data. Details of the licence can be found at http://creativecommons.org.au/licences
Licence TypeCC-BY - Attribution
Retention PeriodIndefinitely
Data Management PlanNo
Status: Published
Published To:
- Australian National University
- Australian National Data Service
Identifier: anudc:5930
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