Research projects: Tim Dolin
Cambridge University Press is publishing a new critical edition of the complete novels and stories of Thomas Hardy. Tim Dolin is a member of the Hardy Editorial Board, and will edit The Return of the Native (1878) and The Well-Beloved (1892/1897).
The edition will be accompanied by an electronic knowledge site, being prepared as part of the AustESE project.
AustESE: eResearch tools to support the collaborative authoring and management of electronic scholarly editions Tim Dolin (2012 – continuing)
The Australian Electronic Scholarly Editing (AustESE) project is a collaboration between The University of Queensland, University of NSW, Curtin University, University of Sydney, Queensland University of Technology, Loyola University, Chicago and the University of Saskatchewan.It is being project managed out of the ITEE eResearch Group at The University of Queensland.
The aim of the AustESE project is to develop a set of interoperable services to support the production of electronic scholarly editions by distributed collaborators in a Web 2.0 environment.
The Australian Common Reader (ACR) Project is an ARC-funded searchable archive of fiction reading in Australia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was devised in order to analyse information about the novels and stories Australians read, and can be used to search for detailed information about authors, titles, publishers, libraries, periodicals, and readers. Its three main sources of information are library holdings and loans, diaries and letters, and newspapers and magazines. The database is the main source of evidence for a forthcoming full-length study, An Upside-Down History of the English Novel by Tim Dolin. It has also been used extensively by other scholars in the field, including Katherine Bode (ANU), whose Reading by Numbers has just been published.
Local canons: institutional authority and the category of the literary in Australian secondary-school English syllabuses, 1901–2001
Tim Dolin and John Yiannakis (2010 – 2012)
An ARC Discovery Grant. This research analyses English syllabuses to establish what was taught as literature in secondary schools in Australia between 1901 and 2001. Its aim is to discover whether different syllabuses differently exploit the authority of the literary to bring together a variety of high-literary, middle-brow, and popular texts, and British and non-British texts, of specific local use to the formation and maintenance of social and cultural subjectivities. The research blends approaches and methods from literary and cultural studies, and innovatively applies techniques of reading history, relational sociology, and literary analysis to nationally significant problems of culture and pedagogy in Australia.
An interdisciplinary study of literary tourism and literary subjectivity
Tim Dolin (2008 – 2010)
ARC Discovery-funded project re-evaluates the mutual influence of amateur and professional “literary subjectivity” through an investigation of historical and contemporary literary tourism. A case-study of sites within one of the world’s most popular literary tourist regions, Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, it integrates methods from literary and tourism studies to determine whether an understanding of reader-tourist experiences can enrich our understanding of past authors and their works; and whether a fuller understanding of literary tourism can contribute to the advancement of critical practice in both literary and tourism studies.
Colonial publishing and literary democracy in Australia
Tim Dolin (2006 – 2008)
Tim Dolin is one of the Chief Investigators of this ARC Discovery funded project which investigates the influences in Australia of British and Australian publishing practices, especially in relation to the production of Australian creative literatures through the novel. ARC Discovery funded project investigating the influences in Australia of British and Australian publishing practices, but especially in relation to the production of Australian creative literatures through the novel. The project covers a period that begins with the reorganisation of British publishing and bookselling in the 1890s. It explores the exclusive English-language rights within the British sphere of interest through to the progressive relaxation of territorial copyright agreements and the development of transnational publishing. The project represents the first systematic effort to retrieve and interpret the vast archival holdings of publishers in Australia and Britain.
Victorian narratives, Australian stories
Tim Dolin (2004 – 2006)
ARC Discovery-funded study of the influence of Victorian cultural narratives on the formation of Australian identity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.