Critical Attention to Australian Novelists in Newspapers, 1950 to 2006

This 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.
Type
Collection
Title
Critical Attention to Australian Novelists in Newspapers, 1950 to 2006
Collection Type
Dataset
Access Privileges
School of Culture, History and Language
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.25911/5c8f2464106d0
Metadata Language
English
Data Language
English
Brief Description
This 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 Description
This 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 Email
katherine.bode@anu.edu.au
Contact Address
School 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 Investigator
Katherine Bode
Supervisors
Katherine Bode
Collaborators
Tara Murphy; Jonathan Hutchinson
Fields of Research
200502 - Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Type of Research Activity
Strategic basic research
Date Coverage
1950
2006
Geospatial Location
text
Australia
Date of data creation
2006
Year of data publication
2019
Creator(s) for Citation
Katherine
Bode
Publisher for Citation
ANU Data Commons, The Australian National University
Publications
isbn
9781783083084
Reading by Numbers: Recalibrating the Literary Field
Bode, K 2012, Reading by Numbers: Recalibrating the Literary Field, Anthem Press, UK.
doi
10.1057/9781137337016_12
Methods and Canons: An Interdisciplinary Excursion
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, https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137337016_12
Related Websites
https://www.austlit.edu.au/specialistDatasets/ResourcefulReading/ReadingByNumbers
AustLit
Access Rights Type
Open
Rights held in and over the data
Creative Commons Licence (CC BY-ND) is assigned to this data. Details of the licence can be found at http://creativecommons.org.au/licences.
Licence Type
CC-BY-ND - Attribution-NoDervis (Version 3.0)
Retention Period
Indefinitely
Extent or Quantity
1 file
Data Management Plan
No
Status: Published
Published to:
  • Australian National University
  • Australian National Data Service
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