Dr Gillian Dooley

Academic Level D

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Gillian Dooley is an Honorary Associate Professor in English Literature, 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 was the founding general editor of the Flinders Humanities Research Centre's electronic journal Transnational Literature from 2008-2018, and was founding co-editor of Writers in Conversation 2014-2020. She has published several monographs and scholarly editions and more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. Her research interests include the writers J.M. Coetzee, Iris Murdoch, V.S. Naipaul, Jane Austen, and maritime explorer Matthew Flinders. She has presented a number of keynotes and public lectures, in person and online, all over the world. Her particular interest is in music and literature, and as a singer she often organises and performs in programs of music with literary themes. In 2023 she was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh University. A major project completed recently is the detailed cataloguing of the complete music collection of Jane Austen and her family, and her book She Played and Sang: Jane Austen and Music will be published by Manchester UP in 2024. She has been a regular book reviewer for various journals and magazines, including Australian Book Review.

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 Associate Professor, Department of English (Full academic status)
  • President, History Council of South Australia (2021-2023)
  • Secretary and Treasurer, Musicological Society of Australasia, SA Branch (2021-)
  • Hon. Librarian, Royal Society of South Australia (2021-)
  • Chair, Music Advisory Committee, Flinders University (2017-)
  • Affiliate member, J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice (2013-)
  • Founding co-editor, Writers in Conversation (electronic journal published by Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities) 2014-2020
  • Founding general editor, Transnational Literature (electronic journal published by Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities) 2008-2018
  • Visiting fellow, Music, Southampton University (2017-2020)
  • Chair, conference committee for Open Borders: The Future of Music Research (46th National conference of the MSA, Adelaide, 2023)
  • Chair, conference committee for The History of the Book and the Future of the World: BSANZ 2020 (Adelaide, Nov-Dec 2020)
  • Co-convenor, 'Immortal Austen' conference, Adelaide, July 2017.
  • SA Council Member, BIbliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand (to 2020)
  • 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
  • Editorial Board Member, Gitanjali and Beyond
  • Editorial Board Member, Iris Murdoch Review
Teaching interests
  • Occasional guest lectures and tutorials in English literature, editing and publishing
  • guest lectures in library studies at UniSA
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Literature (1)
Expert for media contact
History - British
Literature - Australian
Literature - English
Literature - West Indian
Contemporary novelists
Matthew Flinders
Available for contact via
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Media expertise
  • History - British
  • Literature - Australian
  • Literature - English
  • Literature - West Indian
  • Music
  • Contemporary novelists
  • Literature
  • Matthew Flinders
Further information

See full text of selected publications online in the Flinders Academic Commons

Jane Austen's Music website

Matthew Flinders website

The Conversation