• Beth Driscoll joined the Publishing and Communications program at the University of Melbourne in 2013. Her monograph, "The New Literary Middlebrow: Tastemakers and Reading in the Twenty-First Century" (Palgrave Macmillan), was published in 2014 and is based on her doctoral research into contemporary forms of middlebrow literary culture including Oprah's Book Club, the Man Booker Prize and literary festivals. Beth's research investigates contemporary cultures of reading, publishing and writing and is organised into four strands: middlebrow and popular fiction; digital literary culture; festivals and book events; and publishing practices.
    Her current ARC Discovery Project is "Genre Worlds: Australian Popular Fiction in the Twenty-First Century" (with Dr Kim Wilkins and Prof David Carter, UQ, and Dr Lisa Fletcher, UTas). This project runs from 2016 to 2018 and will offer the first systematic examination of 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, 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.   


Member of

  • Association for the Study of Australian Literature. ASAL 2013 -
  • Society for the History of Authorship, Readership and Publishing. SHARP 2012 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 'A Novel Cure: The Health and Well-being Outcomes of Creative Practices in Ageing’, Melbourne Social Equity Institute Seeding Grant (collaborative), 2015.
    'The Dynamics of Social Media Communities: Participation, Facilitation and Communication', School of Culture and Communication Incubator Grant (collaborative), 2015.
    'The Genre World of Romance in 21st Century Australia', Romance Writers of America Academic Grant (collaborative), 2015
    'Methods, Models and Meaning: Researching Digital Archives and Datasets in Arts and Humanities’, Faculty of Arts Research Grant (collaborative), University of Melbourne, 2013
    'Booktowns and Cities of Literature: The Impacts of Literary Networks’, Faculty of Arts Research Grant, University of Melbourne, 2013
    'Audiences of the Melbourne Writers Festival: 2010-2012’, Faculty of Arts Research Grant, University of Melbourne, 2013
    Australian Postgraduate Award, 2005


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2010
  • LLB, Australian National University 2005
  • BA (Hons), Australian National University 2002


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am interested in supervising work on literary culture and its institutions, readers and reading practices, contemporary publishing including the publishing of genre fiction.