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Biography

My research career has taken two paths. While continuing to work in eighteenth-century fiction throughout my career, during the 1980s much of my time was devoted to the development of an experimental programme for the teaching of discursive writing at university level (an account of which appeared in Herdsa 5 [1986]:177--84). This developed into a highly successful course, resulting in the publication of Writing in Australia, co-written with colleagues who became involved in the teaching of the course. (This text has been through multiple reprints and has been used as a set text or recommended reference throughout Australian tertiary institutions, including RMIT, Monash, the University of Adelaide, the University of Sydney, the University of Wollongong, the University of Southern Queensland, Edith Cowan University, and the Australian Catholic University.) During the 1990s, a heavy administrative load (including four years as Head of the Department of English) limited opportunities for research, but from 2000 onwards, I have been able to concentrate more single-mindedly on the series of collaborative projects with CI Mitchell. There is a long lead-in time to this kind of research, which requires each investigator to acquire competence in the others area of expertise, but we are now in a position to capitalize on the collaborative relationship already formed. Genuinely collaborative research of this scope is unusual in literary studies, and CI Mitchell and I are fostering the development of such research partnerships through an annual postgraduate symposium for Newcastle and Macquarie students designed to broaden the research culture of both institutions and develop an understanding of the Humanities as a more cohesive research community.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Adelaide, 31/12/1978
  • Diploma in Education, University of Newcastle, 31/12/1973
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle, 31/12/1972

Research

Research keywords

  • Early Modern Fiction
  • Eighteenth-Century Fiction
  • Narrative Theory

Research expertise

My main research interests are in the areas of eighteenth-century fiction and narrative theory. I have published on eighteenth-century authors such as Fielding, Sterne, Richardson, Defoe, and Inchbald, in particular focusing on the representation of women and the way in which narrative and social modes interact in the depiction of female subjectivity. I am the co-author, with Dr Marea Mitchell of Macquarie University, of Representing Women and Female Desire from Arcadia to Jane Eyre, and am currently collaborating with Dr Mitchell on a second project examining changes in reading practices between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. My other research interests include the ethics of autobiography and the generic transformation of romance fiction.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
200599Literary Studies Not Elsewhere Classified100

Collaboration

Reading Practices in the Early Modern Period, Representation of Women in Fiction in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Metaphor in Fiction, Ethics of Autobiography.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

I have developed a broad range of administrative expertise as subdean of the Faculty of Arts (in the 1980s), Head of the Department of English (1996-7, 1999), and currently as discipline convenor (English) and as Student Academic Conduct Officer for the School of Humanities and Social Science.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Autobiography
  • Discursive Writing
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • Narrative Theory
  • Victorian Fiction

Teaching expertise

During my career I have taught just about the entire span of literary periods in English, from medieval verse romances to contemporary literature, but my main areas of expertise lie in three specializations: (a) eighteenth-century fiction, (b) narrative theory and practice (including the generic distinctions of novel and romance and autobiography and fiction), and (c) discursive writing.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Mitchell M, Osland DM, Representing Women and Female Desire from Arcadia to Jane Eyre, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 247 (2005) [A1]
2003Osland DM, 'Heart-picking in A Simple Story', Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 16 79-101 (2003) [C1]
2003Osland DM, 'The Stone Diaries, Jane Eyre, and the Burden of Romance', Carol Shields, Narrative Hunger, and the Possibilities of Fiction, University of Toronto Press Incorporated 2003, Canada 84-112 (2003) [B1]
2000Osland DM, 'Complaisance and Complacence, and the Perils of Pleasing in Clarissa', Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 40 491-509 (2000) [C1]

Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Mitchell M, Osland DM, Representing Women and Female Desire from Arcadia to Jane Eyre, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 247 (2005) [A1]

Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2003Osland DM, 'The Stone Diaries, Jane Eyre, and the Burden of Romance', Carol Shields, Narrative Hunger, and the Possibilities of Fiction, University of Toronto Press Incorporated 2003, Canada 84-112 (2003) [B1]

Journal article (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Collins-Gearing BM, Osland DM, 'Who will save us from the rabbits?: Rewriting the past allegorically', Looking Glass, The, 14 1-9 (2010) [C1]
2003Osland DM, 'Heart-picking in A Simple Story', Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 16 79-101 (2003) [C1]
2000Osland DM, 'Complaisance and Complacence, and the Perils of Pleasing in Clarissa', Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 40 491-509 (2000) [C1]

Conference (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2007Osland DM, Mitchell M, 'Using rewritings in the history of reading: The case of Shamela', Rewriting the Long Eighteenth Century: David Nichol Smith Seminar in 18th-Century Studies XIII. Abstracts, Dunedin, New Zealand (2007) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants4
Total funding$9,471

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2008 (1 grants)

Australian and New Zealand Association for Medical and Early Modern Studies (Inc) 7th Biennial International Conference, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 2/12/2008 - 6/12/2008$1,115
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Dianne Osland
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,11520082008
GNo:G0189548

2007 (1 grants)

David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies X111$1,150
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Dianne Osland
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,15020072007
GNo:G0187342

2002 (2 grants)

Sidney's Arcadia and Samuel Richardson's Pamela$6,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Dianne Osland
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,00020022002
GNo:G0181314

37th International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo, USA, 2 - 5 May 2002$1,206
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Dianne Osland
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,20620022002
GNo:G0181818
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

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Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014M Philosophy (English)Co-SupervisorOverflow
2014PhD (English)Principal Supervisor"The Convergence of the Twain": Romanticism and Naturalism in Thomas Hardy's Tragic Novels
2012M Philosophy (English)Co-SupervisorThe Most Beautiful Place in the World
2011M Philosophy (English)Co-SupervisorBachelor Dad on Her Doorstep
2011PhD (English)Principal SupervisorReading the Self-Help Manual: Amazon.com Customer Reviews of Dating and Marriage Manuals for Heterosexual Women
2010M Philosophy (English)Co-SupervisorThe Lively: The Retreat from Hope to Hedonism
2010PhD (English)Principal SupervisorRewriting Scapegoat Texts: Mimetic Desire and the Dynamics of Rivalry in Michael Ondaatje's In the Skin of a Lion and the English Patient, and Peter Careys, Jack Maggs and True History of the Kelly Gang
2010PhD (English)Co-SupervisorCan Children's Literature Be Non-Colonising? A Dialogic Approach to Nonsense
2009M Creative Arts (English) [R]Co-SupervisorA Taste of Dreams
2008PhD (English)Co-SupervisorRiver of Many Fallen Trees
2005M Arts (English) [R]Co-SupervisorAnthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time: Searching for Secret Harmonies
2005PhD (English)Co-SupervisorThe Difficulty of the Wake
2005PhD (English)Co-SupervisorD.H. Lawrence's Poetry. The Contemporary Reception
2004PhD (English)Sole SupervisorThe Art Criticism of George Moore 1886-1896. A Complete Edition, with Critical Introduction and Notes
2003M Arts (English) [R]Co-SupervisorVillains and Villainy in Six Shakespearean Plays
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Dr Dianne Osland

Work Phone(02) 4921 5169
Fax(02) 4921 6933
Email
PositionConjoint Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaEnglish
Office
MC134,
McMullin Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/dianne-osland