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Teaching Resources for Reading Literature in the 21st Century

Literature and reading are being transformed by digital technologies. With a focus on Australian literature in its transnational context, these resources will help teachers and students to learn about and practice new ways of reading and writing literature.

Literature and reading are being transformed by digital technologies. With a focus on Australian literature in its transnational context, this research will help teachers and students to learn about and practice new ways of reading and writing literature.

Education has traditionally been split along the lines of the 3Rs. Reading and wRiting was for the English classroom and ‘Rithmatic was not. As digital technologies have become increasingly entwined in how literature is circulated and received - and even created - statistical, computational, and algorithmic dynamics have become integral to how we read and write. Literature has always played an important role in English education because of its special aesthetic, moral, political, and cultural qualities. With literature increasingly enacted in new digital forms and systems, it can continue to play this role, but only if students are empowered to work in this 3(R)-dimensional world, with the digital literacies necessary to understand and create.

To enable this learning, the project creates resources for digital literary literacy, using Australian literature as its playground.

That focus is both pragmatic - because it is a compulsory component of secondary education, and a vibrant aspect of tertiary literary studies - and important - because Australian literature remains one of the key ways in which we think about ourselves. Follow the link to view some of the exercises affiliated with this project where Australian literature is conceived in its transnational context, such that the exploration of national and regional identities and cultures is connected to global systems and flows.

Researchers on the Project

"Katherine Bode is professor of literary and textual studies at the Australian National University. Her research explores the critical potential and limitations of computational approaches to literature, including in A World of Fiction: Digital Collections and the Future of Literary History (2018), Advancing Digital Humanities: Research, Methods, Theories (2014), Reading by Numbers: Recalibrating the Literary Field (2012) and Resourceful Reading: The New Empiricism, eResearch and Australian Literary Culture (2009)."

Katherine Bode

Australian National University

"Larissa McLean Davies is Professor of Teacher Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. Larissa McLean Davies leads large-scale Teacher Education research which mobilises partnerships with Government agencies, Education Departments, and not-for-profit organisations. She is the co-convenor of the Literary Education Lab (with Dr Sarah E. Truman), where she leads research which draws together the digital and environmental humanities, literary studies and education around core issues related to teacher professional learning in the context of justice and sustainability imperatives. Her co-authored book Literary Knowing and the Making of English Teachers will be published by Routledge in 2022."

Larissa McLean Davies

University of Melbourne

"Emeritus Professor Wayne Sawyer was a secondary school Head of English before joining WSU. He is a past President of the New South Wales (NSW) English Teachers Association (ETA) and past Chair of the NSW Board of Studies English Curriculum Committee. He is an Honorary Life Member of both the NSW ETA and the Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE)."

Wayne Sawyer

Western Sydney University

"Professor Sue Martin in the Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce. In this role, Sue is responsible for the strategic leadership of the College’s research efforts, and has oversight of the strategies and initiatives in place to lift research culture, capacity and performance. Prior to this role, Sue was the Associate Dean, Research, in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Science under the old Faculty Structure."

Sue Martin

Latrobe University

"Sarah E. Truman is an Associate Professor at University of Melbourne whose research focuses on English literary education, cultural studies, and the arts. From 2022-2025, Dr. Truman is an ARC DECRA Fellow conducting a project on speculative fiction as an interdisciplinary method for thinking about the world and mode of literary engagement in diverse pedagogical settings. Dr. Truman is co-director of the Literary Education Lab; co-Director of WalkingLab, and one half of Oblique Curiosities. Dr Truman’s most recent book is Feminist Speculations and the Practice of Research-Creation (2022)."

Sarah E. Truman

University of Melbourne


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