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David Carter is Emeritus Professor at The University of Queensland where he was previously Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History and Director of the Australian Studies Centre (2001-2006). Prior to this, he was a lecturer in literature and Australian studies in the Faculty of Humanities, Griffith University.
His monographs include:
Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace, 1840-1940 (with Roger Osborne, 2018).
Always Almost Modern: Australian Print Cultures and Modernity (2013).
Dispossession, Dreams and Diversity: Issues in Australian Studies (2006).
A Career in Writing: Judah Waten and the Cultural Politics of a Literary Career (1997).
The latter won the Walter McRae Russell Award for literary scholarship.
His publications as editor include:
Making Books: Contemporary Australian Publishing, with Anne Galligan (2007)
The Ideas Market: An Alternative Take on Australia's Intellectual Life (2004)
Stories from Down Under: Nine Short Stories from Australia and New Zealand, with Karin Ikas (2004)
Culture in Australia: Policies, Publics and Programs, with Tony Bennett (2001)
Judah Waten: Fiction, Memoirs and Criticism (1998)
The Republicanism Debate, with Wayne Hudson (1993)
Images of Australia: An Introductory Reader to Australian Studies, with Gillian Whitlock (1992)
Outside the Book: Contemporary Essays on Literary Periodicals (1991)
He has contributed to the Cambridge History of Australian Literature (2009), the History of the Book in Australia (vol. 3, 2006), the Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature (2000), and the Penguin New Literary History of Australia (1988).
His research interests are in the area of Australian cultural history, and, in particular, print culture studies, publishing history, literary history, Australian magazines and periodicals, media/cultural institutions, and modernity.
David was Manager of the Australian Studies in China program on behalf of the Australia-China Council (2002-2016). In 2007-2008 and again in 2016-2017, he was Visiting Professor in Australian Studies at the Center for Pacific and American Studies at Tokyo University. He was a board member of the Australia-Japan Foundation from 1998 to 2004 and President of the International Australian Studies Association from 1997 to 2001.
'Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace 1840s—1940s explores how Australian writers and their works were present in the United States before the mid twentieth century to a much greater degree than previously acknowledged. Drawing on fresh archival research and combining the approaches of literary criticism, print culture studies and book history, David Carter and Roger Osborne demonstrate that Australian writing was transnational long before the contemporary period. In mapping Australian literature’s connections to British and US markets, their research challenges established understandings of national, imperial and world literatures.
Carter and Osborne examine how Australian authors, editors and publishers engaged productively with their American counterparts, and how American readers and reviewers responded to Australian works. They consider the role played by British publishers and agents in taking Australian writing to America, and how the international circulation of new literary genres created new opportunities for novelists to move between markets.
Some of these writers, such as Christina Stead and Patrick White, remain household names; others who once enjoyed international fame, such as Dale Collins and Alice Grant Rosman, have been largely forgotten. The story of their books in America reveals how culture, commerce and copyright law interacted to create both opportunities and obstacles for Australian writers.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)
‘Genre Worlds: Australian Popular Fiction in the Twenty-First Century’ is a research project funded by an ARC Discovery Project Grant between 2016 and 2018 (DP160101308).
The research project aims to systematically examine 21st-century Australian popular fiction, the most significant growth area in Australian trade publishing since the turn of the century. Its three areas of investigation are: the publishing of Australian popular fiction; the interrelationships between Australian popular fiction and Australian genre communities; and the textual distinctiveness of Australian popular novels in relation to genre. Research will centre on thirty novels across three genres (fantasy, romance and crime), building a comprehensive picture of the practices and processes of Australian popular fiction through detailed examination of trade data, close reading of texts, and interviews with industry figures.'