Critical Attention to Australian Novelists in Newspapers, 1950 to 2006

TitleCritical Attention to Australian Novelists in Newspapers, 1950 to 2006
Collection TypeDataset
Access PrivilegesSchool of Culture, History and Language
DOI - Digital Object Identifier10.25911/5c8f2464106d0
Metadata LanguageEnglish
Data LanguageEnglish
Brief DescriptionThis dataset was created via a script that automatically extracted the 'works about' Australian novelists from AustLit, with the results then analysed to produce this dataset.
Full DescriptionThis dataset shows these results, from 1950 to 2006, for 'works about' published in, respectively, newspapers and academic journals. Identification of publications as newspapers or academic (peer-reviewed) journals was done manually. (NOTE: regarding academic publications, titles were categorised retrospectively, based on whether they were peer-reviewed in 2007.)

As discussed in Reading by Numbers, the capacity of this dataset to indicate critical attention to Australian novelists is inhibited by the original search parameters used. We defined an 'Australian novelist' as anyone who had written at least one 'Australian novel'. As a result, certain authors – such as David Williamson, Dorothy Hewett, Judith Wright and Les Murray – appear near the top of the critical rankings. However, this position arises from discussion of their poetry or plays, not their novels. In an effort to improve the capacity of the data to indicate authors known as novelists, we removed from the results all authors with only one novel: it is those modified results that appear here.

For the purpose of my analysis in Reading by Numbers, this modification created another problem: namely, although I knew from our original analysis of the data that Helen Darville/Demidenko had received a large amount of critical attention (relating to her novel, The Hand that Signed the Paper) she was no longer included in the results. To avoid missing this author, when analysing the results for critical attention to Australian novelists, I manually counted the 'works about' Darville/Demidenko (overall, in newspapers and academic journals) to include her in the rankings for these different categories.
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
CollaboratorsTara Murphy
Jonathan Hutchinson
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 creation2006
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.

Identifier Type
Digital Object Identifier
Identifier Value
Publication Title
Methods and Canons: An Interdisciplinary Excursion
Publication Reference
Bode, K & Murphy, T 2014, 'Methods and Canons: An Interdisciplinary Excursion', in Paul Longley Arthur and Katherine Bode (ed.), Advancing Digital Humanities, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, London, pp. 175-193,

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Rights held in and over the dataCreative Commons Licence (CC BY-ND) is assigned to this data. Details of the licence can be found at
Licence TypeCC-BY-ND - Attribution-NoDervis (Version 3.0)
Retention PeriodIndefinitely
Extent or Quantity1 file
Data Management PlanNo
Status: Published
Published To:
- Australian National University
- Australian National Data Service
Identifier: anudc:5934
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