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Dr Katherine Bode

BA (Hons); PhD; Grad Cert, Education

Associate Professor, Literary and Textual Studies

ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: 6125 9845

Research interests

  • History of the Book, Publishing and Reading
  • Digital Humanities, Data-rich Analysis and Quantitative Literary History
  • Australian Literature, Literature in Australia and Literary History
  • Gender Studies, including Feminist Theory and Masculinity Studies


I was appointed to the ANU's Centre for Digital Humanities Research (then the Digital Humanities Hub) in 2011, and headed the Centre from 2011 to 2013. In 2016 I began a continuing appointment in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics. Prior to arriving at ANU I held a lectureship in English at the University of Tasmania, and an ARC-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Sydney. I completed a PhD in English at the University of Queensland in 2006.

My most recent monograph, Reading by Numbers: Recalibrating the Literary Field (2012), explores the critical potential of quantitative and computational methods to survey trends in Australian literary history, across a variety of areas including genre, authorship, publishing, reading and literary criticism. My next book, A World of Fiction: Digital Archives and the Future of Literary History, is forthcoming with University of Michigan Press in 2017.

Researcher's projects

My current ARC Discovery project (2013-2016) employs automatic search and harvesting methods to mine Trove to create an index and full-text archive of serialised fiction in nineteenth-century Australian newspapers. In identifying and analysing these titles I am interested in discovering what fiction was available in Australia - and where in the world it came from - in order to better understand how literature travelled globally at this time, and how this movement of fiction shaped Australian literary culture.

Available student projects

I am available to supervise PhD, Masters and Honours topics in any of my areas of expertise. I am particularly interested in projects that employ new digital methods to explore research questions in literary studies and book history, or use humanities methods to explore digital archives and culture.  

Current student projects

As primary supervisor:

Tania Evans, Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things: Masculinities in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire

Gavin Findlay, Theatre as Ecosystem: Combining Tangible and Intangible Heritage through a Digital Humanities Approach

Airlie Lawson, International Copyright and Australian Fiction

Ling Chung Guan, On Literariness: A Study on the Poetic Strategies of Digital Poetry

Christie Thompson, City and Suburbs in Christos Tsiolkas's Fiction 

As advisor:

Imogen Matthews, Anita Heiss as Public Intellectual


Projects and Grants

Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.

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