Australian Novels, 1945 to 2006

TitleAustralian Novels, 1945 to 2006
Collection TypeDataset
Access PrivilegesSchool of Culture, History and Language
DOI - Digital Object Identifier10.25911/5c8f23eabb554
Metadata LanguageEnglish
Data LanguageEnglish
Brief DescriptionDerived from AustLit this dataset presents publication data for Australian novels published from the end of WW2 until 2006.

It contains a description of the novel based on the forms in which it was published and their order.
Full DescriptionI extracted the records for these datasets using the following steps:

Performing guided searches in AustLit, asking for Type – 'single work' – and Form – 'novel' – records for particular year ranges;
Displaying these results as tagged text (NOTE: during the period when I created and updated these datasets – January 2007 to December 2011 – AustLit would not display more than 999 records as tagged text; as long as this remains the case, those wishing to extract data via this process will need to design searches that return less than 1000 results);
Copying and pasting these results into a text file;
Using command lines in terminal to group the data and then copying and pasting the results into Excel.

This process left me with Excel files that initially included the type, title, author, year of publication, publisher and genre/s for Australian novels first published between 1830 and 1899 and between 1945 and 2009. I then added information to the datasets as my research developed and specific questions emerged (for full descriptions of the content of these datasets see below).

The dataset contains a description of the novel based on the forms in which it was published and their order, including, 'Book Only' (for titles only published in book form); 'Serial Only' (for titles only published in serial form); 'Serial then Book' (for titles published first as serials then as books); 'Book then Serial' (for titles published first as books then as serials); 'Same Year Book and Serial' (when serial and book versions of the novel came out in the same year); 'Book Also Serial' (in the one case where I could not determine whether the book preceded, or came out in the same year as, the serial); and 'Serial Much Later Book' (when book publication followed many decades after initial serialisation).
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
Geospatial Location
Location TypeLocation Value
Date of data creation2010
Year of data publication2019
Creator(s) for Citation
Given NameSurname
Katherine Bode
Publisher for CitationANU Data Commons, The Australian National University

Identifier Type
International Standard Book Number
Identifier Value
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
Access Rights TypeOpen
Rights held in and over the dataCreative Commons Licence (CC BY-ND or CC BY-NC) is assigned to this data. Details of the licence can be found at
Licence TypeCC-BY-ND - Attribution-NoDervis (Version 3.0)
Retention PeriodIndefinitely
Data Size1 file
Status: Published
Published To:
- Australian National University
- Australian National Data Service
Identifier: anudc:5932
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