Research Affiliate: Dr Gillian Dooley

Dr Gillian Dooley is an Honorary Associate Professor in English Literature at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia having retired from Flinders University Library, where she had worked since 1990, in 2017.

Dr Gillian Dooley
Dr Gillian Dooley

Gillian 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 and 2024 she was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh Universtiy. 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 was published by Manchester UP in March 2024.

With her colleague Professor Md. Rezaul Haque, she coedited a special issue of Gitanjali and Beyond to celebrate the centenary of Tagore’s novel Ghare Baire, including her own essay comparing the novel with Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. Other publications include cross-cultural study of a song on an Indian theme in Austen’s music collection co-authored with Dr Umme Salma and an article on female indentured labourers in the work of V.S. Naipaul.

Current projects include editing a special issue on Music and the Written Word for the journal Humanities, a study of the opera version of Austen’s Mansfield Park, and a reflection on the differences between two recent projects studying music and literature together.

Looking further ahead, plans include a book on women in V.S. Naipaul’s writings, an edited volume of Iris Murdoch’s writings on the arts, and an edited book on the history of Australian place names. For more information and a detailed bibliography, see her university web page at