Position

Academic Status
Office of Humanities and Creative Arts

Biography

Gillian Dooley is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of English, having retired from Flinders University Library, where she had been Special Collections Librarian 1999-2015 and Publishing Support Librarian 2016-2017, in May 2017. She graduated from Flinders with a PhD in English in 2001. She is founding general editor of the Flinders Humanities Research Centre's electronic journal Transnational Literature and founding co-editor of Writers in Conversation.She has published two monographs and several scholarly editions. Her research interests include the writers J.M. Coetzee, Iris Murdoch, V.S. Naipaul, Jane Austen, and maritime explorer Matthew Flinders. She has a particular interest in music and literature, and as a singer often organises and performs in programs of music with literary themes. She is a regular book reviewer for various journals and magazines, including Australian Book Review.

Qualifications

Ph.D. (Flinders University 2001)
B.A. (Hons.) (Flinders University 1996)
Graduate Diploma in Library Studies (S.A.I.T. 1988)
Graduate Diploma in Secretarial Studies (Canberra CAE 1978)
B.A. (ANU 1977)

Honours, awards and grants

Ann Flaxman Prize for English Honours (1995)

Chancellor's Letter of Commendation (1995)

Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution to Flinders University (2008)

Affiliate Member, J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice (2013-)

Key responsibilities

  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of English (Full academic status)
  • General Editor, Transnational Literature (electronic journal published by Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities)
  • Founding co-editor, Writers in Conversation (electronic journal published by Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities)
  • Co-convenor, 'Immortal Austen' conference, Adelaide, July 2017.
  • Member, Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities Management Group
  • Chair, Music Advisory Committee, Flinders University
  • Treasurer, South Pacific Association for Literature and Language Studies (SPACLALS)
  • Treasurer, Corinthian Singers of Adelaide
  • Affiliate member, J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice
  • Advisory Committee Member, New Scholar: An International Journal of the Humanities, Creative Arts and Social Sciences
  • Advisory Board Member, Journal of Contemporary Literature
  • Editorial Committee Member, Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature

Teaching interests

  • Occasional guest lectures and tutorials in English literature, editing and publishing
  • guest lectures in library studies at UniSA

Research expertise

  • History and philosophy of specific fields
  • Library and information systems
  • Literary Studies

Research interests

  • Life and writings of Matthew Flinders.
  • Music in Jane Austen's life and work.
  • Doris Lessing
  • V.S. Naipaul
  • Iris Murdoch
  • J.M. Coetzee
  • Contemporary Australian literature

Publications

  • Dooley, G.M. (2016). "Capacity, and taste, and application, and elegance": Music in Jane Austen's life and work. In Caterina Colomba, ed. Pride and Prejudice: a bicentennial bricolage. Udine: Forum, pp. 193-205.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2016). Melodies from the past. In Nic Brown, ed. Speak to Me: Conversations with the Flinders University Art Collections. Adelaide, South Australia: Flinders University Art Museum, pp. 40-41.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2014). Foreword. In Rob Harle, ed. Voices across Generations: Poetry Past and Present. New Delhi/Marietta GA: Authorspress/WordTree, pp. 5-6.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2013). 'A Dozy City': Adelaide in J.M. Coetzee's Slow Man and Amy T. Matthews's End of the Night Girl. In Phil Butterss, ed. Adelaide: A Literary City. Adelaide, SA: University of Adelaide Press, pp. 253-266.
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2013). 'Every Reader is a Stranger': the Novels of Tabish Khair. In OP Dwivedi, ed. Tabish Khair: A Critical Companion. London, UK: Roman Books, pp. 94-105.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2013). Looking Back in Anger: The Transformation of Childhood Memories in two West Indian Novels. In M Bharat, ed. V.S. Naipaul's A House for Mr Biswas: Critical Perspectives. New Delhi, India: Pencraft International, pp. 205-217.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2012). Iris Murdoch in the Shadow of the Precursor: a fairly honourable defeat? In Diana Glenn, Md Rezaul Haque, Ben Kooyman and Nena Bierbaum, ed. The Shadow of the Precursor. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 24-37.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2011). 'The Imaginative Promptings of My Many-Sided Background': V.S. Naipaul's Diasporic Sensibility. In Om Prakash Dwivedi, ed. Literature of the Indian Diaspora. New Delhi, India: Pencraft International, pp. 83-102.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2009). Those Difficult Years. In OP Dwivedi, ed. A Spectrum of Indian English Literature. Delray Beach, USA: JAPSS Press, Inc, pp. 38-45.
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2007). Getting to Know Matthew: A Personal Account of Editing Flinders' Private Journal. In Serge M. Riviere et Kumari R. Issur, ed. Baudin-Flinders dans l'Ocean Indien: Voyages, decouvertes, rencontre / Travels, Discoveries, Encount. Paris: L'Harmattan, pp. 245-258.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2006). Doris Lessing versus Her Readers: The Case of The Golden Notebook. In Tapan Ghosh, ed. Doris Lessing's 'The Golden Notebook': A Critical Study. New Delhi, India: Prestige Books, pp. 214-223.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2003). A definition of the writing self : the enigma of arrival. In Purabi Panwar, ed. V.S. Naipaul: An Anthology of Recent Criticism. Delhi, India: Pencraft International, pp. 155-172.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2003). Alien and adrift : the diasporic sensibility in V.S. Naipaul's Half Life and J.M. Coetzee's Youth. In Nena Bierbaum, Syd Harrex and Sue Hosking, ed. The Regenerative Spirit, Volume 1. Adelaide, SA: Lythrum Press, pp. 118-125.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2002). 'My Evening Song' In Alas, for the Pelicans! Flinders, Baudin and Beyond, Essays and Poems. Adelaide, SA: Wakefield Press, pp. 123-125.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2002). The Uses of Adversity: Matthew Flinders Mauritius Writings. In Alas, for the Pelicans! Flinders, Baudin and Beyond, Essays and Poems. Adelaide, SA: Wakefield Press, pp. 85-92.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2001). Attitudes to political commitment in three Indian novels. In Dhawan RK, ed. Khushwant Singh: The Man and the Writer. New Delhi, India: Prestige Books, pp. 32-41.
  • Dooley, G.M. and Nerlich, G. (2014). Never Mind About the Bourgeoisie: The Correspondence between Iris Murdoch and Brian Medlin 1976-1995. Gillian Dooley and Graham Nerlich, ed. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2010). J.M. Coetzee and the power of narrative. New York: Cambria Press.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2009). Courage and Truthfulness: Ethical Strategies and the Creative Process in the Novels of Iris Murdoch, Doris Lessing and V.S. Naipaul. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2006). V.S. Naipaul, Man and Writer. Columbia, USA: University of South Carolina Press.
  • Dooley, G.M. and Brown, A.J. (Eds.). (2005). Matthew Flinders private journal from 17 December 1803 at Isle de France to 10 July 1814 at London. Adelaide, South Australia: Friends of the State Library of South Australia.
  • Dooley, G.M. (Ed.). (2003). From a Tiny Corner in the House of Fiction: Conversations with Iris Murdoch. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.
  • Chittleborough, M.A., Dooley, G.M., Glover, B.J. and Hosking, R.G. (Eds.). (2002). Alas, for the Pelicans! Flinders, Baudin and Beyond. Adelaide, SA: Wakefield Press.
  • Dooley, G.M. and Gobbett, L. (2016). Flinders University's Fridays at the Library series in the context of the University's Community Engagement program: A case study. In Skye Bennett, ed. 2015 Social Theory, Politics and the Arts Conference. STP&A. 2015 Social Theory, Politics and the Arts Conference. Adelaide. Dec 2015.
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2017). ABR Arts Update: Eugene Onegin (Co-Opera) and Orpheus Underground (Various People) Australian Book Review, 15 May 2017
  • Dooley, G.M. (2017). Review of 'Matthew Flinders: Maritime explorer of Australia' by Kenneth Morgan. Australian Historical Studies, 48(1) pp. 122-124.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2017). Blow after blow [review of 'Extinctions' by Josephine Wilson] Australian Book Review, 388 pp. 28-28.
  • Dooley, G.M. and Goldsworthy, A. (2017). Making the Sentences Sing: an interview with Anna Goldsworthy. Writers in Conversation, 4(1) pp. 1-16.
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2016). Australian Circumnavigated: the voyage of Matthew Flinders in HMS Investigator edited by Kenneth Morgan. Journal of Historical Society of South Australia, 44 pp. 131-132.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2016). Ron Blaber, ed. 'Whaddaya Know': Writings for Syd Harrex. [book review] Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 10(1) pp. 238-242.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2016). Serendipity: A Conversation with Adrian Mitchell. Writers in Conversation, 3(1)
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. and Goldsworthy, K. (2016). In Deep Waters with Kerryn Goldsworthy, Freelance Writer and Critic. Writers in Conversation, 3(2) pp. 1-14.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2015). Farewell Syd Harrex. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 9(1) pp. 3-5.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2015). Gillian Dooley reviews 'A Guide to Berlin' by Gail Jones. Australian Book Review, 374 pp. 10.
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2015). Arabella Kurtz and J.M. Coetzee. The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy (Harvill Secker, 2105) Transnational Literature, 8(1)
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2015). An unsentimental bloke: The life and work of C. J. Dennis. Journal of Historical Society of South Australia, 43 pp. 126-127.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2015). Matthew Flinders: The Man behind the Map of Australia. Transactions of the Royal Society of Victoria,
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2015). Of men and music. Jane Austen's Regency World, 77 pp. 48-52.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2015). Review of The Profilist by Adrian Mitchell. Journal of Historical Society of South Australia, 43 pp. 129-130.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. and Gobbett, L. (2015). Fridays at the Library: A Flinders University Library Success Story. Incite, 36(9) pp. 28-29.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. and Wood, C. (2015). Interviewing the Interviewer: A Conversation with Charlotte Wood. Writers in Conversation, 2(2) pp. 1-9.
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2014). 'They all begin with an idea': a conversation with Andrea Goldsmith. Writers in Conversation, 1(2) pp. 1-15.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2014). 'No moral effect on the mind': music and education in Mansfield Park. The Jane Austen Society Report, pp. 67-72.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2013). Ways of Seeing. Australian Book Review, 352 pp. 40-40.
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2013). A copious biography of J.M. Coetzee. Australian Book Review, 348 pp. 19-20.
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2013). Naipaul's Jane Trouble. Jane Austen's Regency World, 64 pp. 46-50.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2013). Missing childhood. Australian Book Review, 353 pp. 57.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2012). 'When Tired of Writing, I Apply to Music': Music in Matthew Flinders' Life. Bibliofile, 13(2) pp. 32-38.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2012). Who are the Fools? Jane Austen's Regency World, 56 pp. 48-51.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2011). When Tired of Writing, I Apply to Music: Music in Matthew Flinders' Life. The Britannia Naval Research Association 'The Journal' 5(1) pp. 9-13.
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2010). A meander through Jane Austen's music. The Jane Austen Society Report, pp. 76-79.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2017). Friday essay: the revolutionary vision of Jane Austen. The Conversation.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2016). The limits of empathy: Matthew Flinders' encounters with Indigenous Australians. The Conversation.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2016). The limits of empathy: Matthew Flinders’ encounters with Indigenous Australians. The Conversation.
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2013). Thorough Bass and Human Nature: a Musical Tour through Pride and Prejudice. North Adelaide Baptist Church
  • Dooley, G.M. (2013). 'To perfect the discovery of that extensive country' : Matthew Flinders' achievements in the exploration of Australia. British Naval History.
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2013). The Misogyny Factor by Anne Summers [review] Australian Book Review. 353 pp. 47-47.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2012). Who are the fools in Northanger Abbey? Jane Austen Festival Australia Blog.
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2012). 'The Imaginative Promptings of my Many-Sided Background': V.S. Naipaul's diasporic sensibility. Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, University of South Pacific, public lecture series.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2012). 'To Perfect the Discovery of that Extensive Country': Matthew Flinders' achievements in the exploration of Australia. Historical Society of SA Lecture Series.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2012). Thorough Bass and Human Nature: A Musical Tour Through Pride and Prejudice. Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library of South Australia
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2011). Austen Music Transcripts. Flinders Academic Commons.
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2011). Naipaul, V.S. The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction, pp. online.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2011). A red, red rose. Jane Austen's Regency World. 49 pp. 49-52.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2003). Book Reviews. Writer's Radio (Radio National)
  • Dooley, G.M. (2017). A Most Luxurious State: Men and Music in Jane Austen’s Novels. English Studies,
    [10.1080/0013838X.2017.1322386]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2016). "Hades this place, and I a fugitive shade": Classical languages and cultures in J.M. Coetzee's 'Age of Iron' English in Africa, 43(1) pp. 101-108.
    [10.4314/eia.v43i1.5]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2016). The Bells Rang and Every Body Smiled”: Jane Austen’s “Courtship Novels” Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-Line, 37(1)
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2016). True or False? The role of ethics in book reviewing. Australian Humanities Review, 60(November 2016) pp. 127-140.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. and Phiddian, R.A. (2016). A Face without Personality: Coetzee's Swiftian Narrators. Ariel-A Review of International English Literature, 47(3) pp. 1-22.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2015). 'No family, no wife, no friends, no infidelities': Wives Present and Absent in Naipaul's Autobiographical Fiction. South Asian Review, 36(2) pp. 11-23.
  • Dooley, G.M. and Gobbett, L. (2015). Reflections on an Evaluation Project: Fridays at the Library in the context of the University's Community Engagement Program. Australasian Journal of University-Community Engagement, 10(2) pp. 1-18.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2014). Feste Ansichten in his own person: J.M. Coetzee speaks. Media Tropes, 4(2) pp. 31-45.
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2014). The pursuit of love in Iris Murdoch's the message to the planet. Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, 61(3) pp. 167-176.
    [10.1179/2051285614Z.00000000041] [Scopus]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2012). Naipaul's Women Revisited. South Asian Review, 33(2) pp. 161-176.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2011). 'You are my Australia': Brian Medlin's contribution to Iris Murdoch's concept of Australia in The Green Knight. Antipodes: a North American journal of Australian literature, 25(2) pp. 157-162.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2010). Musicianship and Morality in the Novels of Jane Austen. Sensibilities, 40 pp. 36-52.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2009). An autobiography of everyone? Intentions and definitions in Doris Lessing's memoirs of a survivor. English Studies, 90(2) pp. 157-166.
    [10.1080/00138380902743401] [Scopus]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2009). Good Versus Evil in Austen's Mansfield Park and Iris Murdoch's A Fairly Honourable Defeat. Transnational Literature, 1(1) pp. 1-13.
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2009). Iris Murdoch's Novels of Male Adultery: The Sandcastle, An Unofficial Rose, The Sacred and Profane Love Machine, and The Message to the Planet. English Studies, 90(4) pp. 421-434.
    [10.1080/00138380902796557] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2007). 'Well it is for me that I have books': books in the life of Matthew Flinders. Journal of Australian Studies, 90 pp. 43-48.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2006). Coetzee's Freedom. Australian Book Review, 284 pp. 36-41.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2005). Naipaul's Women. South Asian Review, 26(1) pp. 88-103.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2005). The Post-War Novel in Crisis: Three Perspectives. AUMLA - Journal of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association, 104 pp. 103-119.
    [Scopus]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2004). Iris Murdoch's use of First person Narrative in The Black Prince. English Studies, 85(2) pp. 134-146.
    [10.1076/enst.85.2.134.30498] [Scopus]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2003). Alien and adrift : the diasporic sensibility in V. S Naipaul's Half a Life and J. M Coetzee's Youth. New Literature Review (Wollongong) 40 pp. 73-82.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2003). The Horizon Conquerors: Lessing and Naipaul in Post-War London. New Literature Review (Wollongong) 39 pp. 75-88.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2010). J.M. Coetzee and the power of narrative. New York: Cambria Press.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2009). Courage and Truthfulness: Ethical Strategies and the Creative Process in the Novels of Iris Murdoch, Doris Lessing and V.S. Naipaul. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2006). V.S. Naipaul, Man and Writer. Columbia, USA: University of South Carolina Press.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2007). Getting to Know Matthew: A Personal Account of Editing Flinders' Private Journal. In Serge M. Riviere et Kumari R. Issur, ed. Baudin-Flinders dans l'Ocean Indien: Voyages, decouvertes, rencontre / Travels, Discoveries, Encount. Paris: L'Harmattan, pp. 245-258.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2006). Doris Lessing versus Her Readers: The Case of The Golden Notebook. In Tapan Ghosh, ed. Doris Lessing's 'The Golden Notebook': A Critical Study. New Delhi, India: Prestige Books, pp. 214-223.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2003). A definition of the writing self : the enigma of arrival. In Purabi Panwar, ed. V.S. Naipaul: An Anthology of Recent Criticism. Delhi, India: Pencraft International, pp. 155-172.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2002). The Uses of Adversity: Matthew Flinders Mauritius Writings. In Alas, for the Pelicans! Flinders, Baudin and Beyond, Essays and Poems. Adelaide, SA: Wakefield Press, pp. 85-92.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2001). Attitudes to political commitment in three Indian novels. In Dhawan RK, ed. Khushwant Singh: The Man and the Writer. New Delhi, India: Prestige Books, pp. 32-41.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2010). Musicianship and Morality in the Novels of Jane Austen. Sensibilities, 40 pp. 36-52.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2009). Iris Murdoch's Novels of Male Adultery: The Sandcastle, An Unofficial Rose, The Sacred and Profane Love Machine, and The Message to the Planet. English Studies, 90(4) pp. 421-434.
    [10.1080/00138380902796557] [Scopus] [Web Link]

Professional and community engagement

  • Book reviewing for Australian Book Review, Australian Literary Review, the Adelaide Review, Writers' Radio (Radio Adelaide).
  • Honorary editorship of Transnational Literature and Writers in Conversation e-journals
  • Musical performances, including 'Jane Austen's Music', and provision via open access of transcripts of manuscripts from the Austen music collections.
  • Treasurer, Corinthian Singers of Adelaide
  • SA Council Member, Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand (2009-2015)
  • Committee membership, Friends of the State Library of South Australia (2012-13)

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • History - British
  • Literature - Australian
  • Literature - English
  • Literature - West Indian
  • Music

Interests

  • Contemporary novelists (J.M. Coetzee, V.S. Naipaul)
  • Literature (Music in Jane Austen's life and work, V.S. Naipaul, J.M. Coetzee, Iris Murdoch, Doris Lessing)
  • Matthew Flinders (Life and writings of Matthew Flinders)

Contact

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Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Further information

See full text of selected publications online in the Flinders Academic Commons
Jane Austen's Music website

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