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Kim Wilkins,
Beth Driscoll,
Lisa Fletcher
What is Australian Popular Fiction?

Australian popular fiction is the most significant growth area in Australian trade publishing since the turn of the twenty-first century yet it has received little sustained scholarly attention (Fletcher et al. 5). Over the last two decades, the rhetoric of…

3 December 2018
Susan Lever
Review of Half the Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955-1964, by Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell

I was one of the lucky people who participated in a conference on Hydra organised by Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell at the Hotel Bratsera Hydra, in September 2016. Though I stepped in to read the paper of an absent…

3 December 2018
Catriona Mills,
Geoffrey Hondroudakis
The Ends of Empire: Australian Steampunk and the Reimagining of Euro-Modernity

The rise of steampunk – speculative-fiction works set in a Victorian or pseudo-Victorian world marked by steam-powered technology – has led to a range of debates about what the genre is, what it does, and, more significantly for this paper…

3 December 2018
Meg Vann
The Menace of Intimacy: Domestic Noir, Feminist Criminology, and Emily Maguire’s An Isolated Incident

Viewed through the lens of feminist criminology, how does the subgenre of domestic noir dramatise domestic violence through generic or subversive elements of craft? Drew Humphries asserts that feminist criminology has challenged, reframed and improved legal definitions and data collection…

3 December 2018
Claire Parnell
Models of Publishing and Opportunities for Change: Representations in Harlequin, Montlake and Self-Published Romance Novels

The contemporary digital publishing sphere is one of hybridity convergence and messiness as the affordances of digital self-publishing channels allow independent producers unconnected to established publishers to enter the literary field. Texts, authors and readers move through the contemporary publishing…

3 December 2018