Position/s

Special Collections Librarian
The Library

Biography

Gillian Dooley has been Special Collections Librarian at Flinders University since 1999, and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of English. Her Ph.D. in English was awarded from Flinders in 2001. She is editor of the Flinders Humanities Research Centre's electronic journal Transnational Literature. Her publications include From a Tiny Corner in the House of Fiction: Conversations with Iris Murdoch (2003), V.S. Naipaul, Man and Writer (2006), J.M. Coetzee and the Power of Narrative (2010), and essays on a range of subjects from Matthew Flinders to Doris Lessing in Australian and overseas journals. She was co-editor of Alas, for the Pelicans, the book which arose from the first CRNLE Penneshaw conference in 2001, and she and Anthony J. Brown co-edited Matthew Flinders' Private Journal 1803-1814, published by the Friends of the State Library of SA in 2005. She is a regular book reviewer for Australian Book Review, Adelaide Review and Writers' Radio on Radio Adelaide.

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)
Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution to Flinders University (2008)
Affiliate Member, J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice (2013-)

Key responsibilities

  • Special Collections Librarian, including management of the library's Special Collections, exhibition programs in the library, library events (Fridays at the Library), management of thesis collection and the Australasian Digital Thesis Repository.
  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of English.
  • General Editor, Transnational Literature (electronic journal published by Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities)
  • Editor, Writers in Conversation (electronic journal to be published by Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities from 2014)
  • Elected general staff member, Academic Senate (2008-2012)
  • Member, Community Engagement Reference Group, Flinders University
  • Member, Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities Management Group
  • Advisory Committee Member, New Scholar: An International Journal of the Humanities, Creative Arts and Social Sciences
  • Advisory Board Member, Journal of Contemporary Literature

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. (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. (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.
    [Web Link]
  • 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. (2013). Ways of Seeing. Australian Book Review, 352 pp. 40-40.
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2013). Missing childhood. Australian Book Review, 353 pp. 57-57.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2013). An Arched Bow. 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. (2012). Who are the Fools? Jane Austen's Regency World, 56 pp. 48-51.
  • 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. (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.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2010). A meander through Jane Austen's music. The Jane Austen Society Report, pp. 76-79.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2013). Thorough Bass and Human Nature: a Musical Tour through Pride and Prejudice. North Adelaide Baptist Church
  • Dooley, G.M. (2013). The Misogyny Factor by Anne Summers [review] Australian Book Review. 353 pp. 47-47.
  • 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. (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). Thorough Bass and Human Nature: A Musical Tour Through Pride and Prejudice. Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library of South Australia
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2012). Who are the fools in Northanger Abbey? Jane Austen Festival Australia Blog.
    [Web Link]
  • 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. (2011). Naipaul, V.S. The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction, pp. online.
    [10.1111/b.9781405192446.2011.x]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2011). Austen Music Transcripts. Flinders Academic Commons.
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. (2011). A red, red rose. Jane Austen's Regency World. 49 pp. 49-52.
  • Dooley, G.M. and Brown, A.J. (2005). Matthew Flinders private journal from 17 December 1803 at Isle de France to 10 July 1814 at London. 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. (2003). From a tiny corner in the house of fiction : conversations with Iris Murdoch.
  • Dooley, G.M. (2003). Book Reviews. Writer's Radio (Radio National)
  • Chittleborough, M.A., Dooley, G.M., Glover, B.J. and Hosking, R.G. (2002). Co-Editor. Chittleborough, A, ed. Alas, for the Pelicans! Flinders, Baudin and Beyond. Adelaide, SA: Wakefield Press, pp. 1-221.
  • 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] [10.1080/00138380902743401] [Scopus]
  • 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] [10.1080/00138380902796557] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • 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. (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] [10.1076/enst.85.2.134.30498] [Scopus]
  • 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. (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. (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). 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] [10.1080/00138380902743401] [Scopus]

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.
  • SA Council Member, Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand.
  • 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

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

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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