Dr Rachel Franks

Dr Rachel Franks

Conjoint Fellow

School of Humanities and Social Science

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Rachel Franks is the Coordinator, Education & Scholarship at the State Library of New South Wales, a Conjoint Fellow at the University of Newcastle and is at The University of Sydney researching true crime. Rachel holds a PhD in Australian crime fiction and her research on crime fiction, true crime, popular culture and information science has been presented at numerous conferences. An award-winning writer, her work can be found in a wide variety of books, journals and magazines as well as on social media.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Central Queensland

Keywords

  • Australian, Golden Age & Hardboiled Crime Fiction
  • Creative Writing
  • Ethics and Punishment in Fiction
  • Food Studies
  • Popular Culture
  • Readers' Advisory Services
  • True Crime

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
080799 Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified 20
190499 Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified 20
200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified 60

Awards

Award

Year Award
2017 PopCAANZ Outstanding Contribution Award
Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand
2016 AAWP Most Outstanding Critical / Theoretical Paper
Australasian Association of Writing Programs

Prize

Year Award
2015 Jean Arnot Memorial Fellowship
State Library of NSW
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Franks R, With(out) trace: interdisciplinary investigations into time, space and the body, Interdisciplinary Press, Oxford, UK, 314 (2016)
2016 Rolls AC, Private Investigator, Intellect, Bristol, UK, 187 (2016)
Co-authors Alistair Rolls
2014 Franks R, Franks R, Ndlovu I, Witecki S, Vandendriessche T, Dourados P, Sartorelli F, The Letter of the Law: Contemporary Debates on Language, Dignity and the Punished Body, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford (2014)
2014 Franks R, Franks R, Ndlovu I, Witecki S, Vandendriessche T, Dourados P, Sartorelli F, The Letter of the Law: Contemporary Debates on Language, Dignity and the Punished Body, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford (2014)
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Chapter (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Franks R, 'Body of Evidence: Constructing the Corpse in the Novels of Dashiell Hammett', With(out) Trace: Interdiscplinary Investigations into Time, Space and the Body, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, UK (2017)
2016 Franks R, 'Hard-boiled Detectives and the Roman Noir Tradition', Violence in American Popular Culture, Praeger, Santa Barbara, CA 95-117 (2016) [B1]
2016 Dwyer S, Franks R, Green R, 'Introduction', With(out) Trace: Interdisciplinary Investigations into Time, Space and the Body, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, UK vii-xvi (2016)
2015 Franks R, Brien DL, 'Murder, Mayhem and Clever Branding: the Stunning Success of J. B. Fletcher', Serial Crime Fiction: Dying for More, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, UK 177-187 (2015) [B1]
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Journal article (28 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Franks R, Gulddal J, Rolls AC, '"Editorial"', Text: A Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, 37 n.p.-n.p. (2016)
Co-authors Jesper Gulddal, Alistair Rolls
2016 Gulddal J, Rolls A, Franks R, 'Editorial', TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses: Special Issue ¿ Crime Fiction: the creative / critical nexus, 37 1-5 (2016)
Co-authors Jesper Gulddal
2016 Franks R, Riley M, 'Forging the Future of Special Collections, edited by Arnold Hirshon, Robert H. Jackson and Melissa A. Hubbard (Book Review)', Archives and Manuscripts, 44 1-2 (2016)
2016 Franks R, 'Agatha Christie at Home, written by Hilary Macaskill (Book Review)', Clues: A Journal of Detection, 34 154-155 (2016)
2016 Franks R, 'A Woman¿s Place: constructing women within true crime narratives', TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, 34 1-15 (2016) [C1]
2016 Franks R, 'Learning All the Tricks: critiquing crime fiction in a creative writing PhD', TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses: Special Issue ¿ Crime Fiction: the creative / critical nexus, 37 1-16 (2016) [C1]
2016 Donna Lee B, Franks R, 'Trial by Jury and Newspaper Reportage: re-writing women¿s stories from legal transcripts and contemporaneous journalism', TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses: Special Issue ¿ Crime Fiction: the creative / critical nexus, 37 1-18 (2016) [C1]
2016 Franks R, 'New Acquisition: Thomas Balcombe¿s ¿Fishing at Night¿', SL Magazine: magazine for members, 9 36-37 (2016)
2016 Franks R, 'A Far-Flung War Mania', SL Magazine: magazine for members, 9 20-23 (2016)
2016 Franks R, 'Fan Phenomena: Twin Peaks, edited by Marisa C. Hayes and Franck Boulègue (Book Review)', Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 5 84-85 (2016)
2016 Franks R, 'Fan Phenomena: Star Wars, edited by Mika Elovaara (Book Review)', Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 5 64-73 (2016)
2016 Franks R, Galassi M, 'A Monkey and a Manuscript: one of Miles Franklin¿s political points', Women¿s Ink!: magazine for the Society of Women Writers NSW, 4-5 (2016)
2016 Franks R, 'Murder Across the Board: murder boards as a liminal space for the dead on popular television.', Aeternum: The Journal of Contemporary Gothic Studies, 3 33-48 (2016)
2016 Dwyer S, Franks R, Galassi M, Thorpe K, 'Introduction: the betwixt and between', EXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Course, 34 1-12 (2016)
2016 Franks R, 'Twitter Partners in Reading', International Leads: a publication of the International Relations Round Table of the American Library Association, 30 1-7 (2016)
2016 Brien DL, Franks R, 'Food¿s Dark Shadow: poison in the works of Agatha Christie', Table Matters: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Food, Drink and Manners, (2016)
2016 Thorpe K, Galassi M, Franks R, 'Discovering Indigenous Australian Culture: Building Trusted Engagement in Online Environments', Journal of Web Librarianship, 10 343-363 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 Crown copyright. Promoting and facilitating access to historical collections for Indigenous communities has recently increased across Australia. Such activities have been ... [more]

© 2016 Crown copyright. Promoting and facilitating access to historical collections for Indigenous communities has recently increased across Australia. Such activities have been integrated into the practices of archives and libraries seeking to reunite Indigenous people with materials that not only document their past but also inform their future. Challenges in accessing these materials go beyond retrieval and include concerns about their emotional content. The State Library of New South Wales is working to create trusted environments for Indigenous peoples and collections with both physical and digital spaces. Through the presentation of work undertaken at the State Library, this article explores how the digital environment can be an effective extension of the physical site in which cultural collections are held. In addition, this article looks at issues that must be addressed to ensure the success and ongoing viability of Web spaces, specifically, the long-standing power dynamics that often dominate interactions with Indigenous collections and that have displaced power from the traditional owners of Indigenous knowledge.

DOI 10.1080/19322909.2016.1197809
2016 Gulddal J, Rolls A, Franks R, 'Editorial', TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses: Special Issue ¿ Crime Fiction: the creative / critical nexus, 37 1-5 (2016)
Co-authors Jesper Gulddal
2016 Franks R, 'A Woman¿s Place: constructing women within true crime narratives', TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, 34 1-15 (2016) [C1]
2016 Franks R, 'Learning All the Tricks: critiquing crime fiction in a creative writing PhD', TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses: Special Issue ¿ Crime Fiction: the creative / critical nexus, 37 1-16 (2016) [C1]
2016 Donna Lee B, Franks R, 'Trial by Jury and Newspaper Reportage: re-writing women¿s stories from legal transcripts and contemporaneous journalism', TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses: Special Issue ¿ Crime Fiction: the creative / critical nexus, 37 1-18 (2016) [C1]
2016 Dwyer S, Franks R, Galassi M, Thorpe K, 'Introduction: the betwixt and between', EXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Course, 34 1-12 (2016)
2016 Franks R, 'Twitter Partners in Reading', International Leads: a publication of the International Relations Round Table of the American Library Association, 30 1-7 (2016)
2015 Franks R, ''There's a dead body in my library': Crime fiction texts and the history of libraries', Australian Library Journal, 64 288-300 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/00049670.2015.1087299
2015 Franks R, 'A True Crime Tale: Re-Imagining Governor Arthur's Proclamation Board for the Tasmanian Aborigines', M/C Journal, 18 (2015) [C1]
2015 Franks R, Johnson-Woods T, 'Phryne Fisher: Feminism and Modernism in Historical Crime Fiction', The Australian journal of Crime Fiction, 1 (2015) [C1]
2013 Franks R, 'Establishing an emotional connection: The librarian as (digital) storyteller', Australian Library Journal, 62 285-294 (2013)

The offering of electronic content was once considered a value add to physical collections. Today, the majority of clients expect libraries-as well as other collecting institution... [more]

The offering of electronic content was once considered a value add to physical collections. Today, the majority of clients expect libraries-as well as other collecting institutions such as archives, galleries and museums-to facilitate access to digital material as a standard service. In response to these expectations, many different types of library services, and other information agencies, have worked to establish an online presence to complement and enrich a physical presence. The processes required to select items, digitise them and subsequently make them accessible online are essential to the development of any digital collection. This article argues that the usefulness of such collections can be greatly enhanced if digitised objects are presented as part of a story. Moreover, this article acknowledges that librarians have always been storytellers, while suggesting the need to build on this craft to ensure that storytelling takes place in both physical and digital settings. In particular, this article will look at the ideas of curating and choreographing, and will highlight how these concepts can work together to produce creative online environments that facilitate the establishment of a series of emotional connections between clients and collection materials. © 2013 Australian Library and Information Association.

DOI 10.1080/00049670.2013.853334
2011 Franks R, 'May I suggest murder? An overview of crime fiction for readers¿ advisory services staff', Australian Library Journal, 60 133-143 (2011)

Crime fiction first started to gain widespread popularity in the 18th century, a popularity which dramatically increased in the 19th century. Today, almost one in every three new ... [more]

Crime fiction first started to gain widespread popularity in the 18th century, a popularity which dramatically increased in the 19th century. Today, almost one in every three new books published in English falls into the crime fiction category. Since the early days of crime fiction the genre has evolved into an incredibly diverse area of fiction, making it one of Australia¿s, and the world¿s, most popular. There is, literally, a dead body to suit every reader¿s taste. Such scale and scope of choice, however, can create challenges for readers wanting to read crime fiction for the first time or wanting to extend their reading past a favourite author or series. This overview of the genre identifies the main sub-genres of crime fiction, providing a set of concise definitions illustrated with international and Australian examples of crime fiction works. © 2011, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1080/00049670.2011.10722585
Citations Scopus - 1
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Conference (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Franks R, Sessions K, 'Ideas of Justice and Punishment in Frank Johnson¿s Famous Detective Stories', Refereed Conference Papers of the 6th Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship, Kobe, Japan (2016)
2016 Franks R, 'Adjacency and Juxtaposition: gender and race in the works of Arthur Upfield', Seattle, USA (2016)
2016 Franks R, 'First Place in Fiction: reading and writing crime in colonial Australia', Seattle, United States (2016)
2016 Dwyer S, Franks R, 'Re-imagining the Sydney Opera House in Popular Culture', Seattle, United States (2016)
2015 Franks R, ''A world of fancy fiction and fact': crime fiction and true crime in the Frank C. Johnson archive at the State Library of NSW', Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand: Peer Reviewed Proceedings of the 6th Annual International Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand (2015) [E1]
2015 Dwyer S, Franks R, 'The role of the 'standard rig' in illuminating a production of Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men (1954)', Peer Reviewed Proceedings of 6th Annual Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand (2015) [E1]
2015 Thorpe K, Galassi M, Franks R, 'Exploring power: Aboriginal artefacts and records in Australian libraries and archives', The 2nd European Conference on Literature and Librarianship Conference Proceedings, Brighton, UK (2015) [E2]
2015 Denoon L, Franks R, Hone S, 'Power shift: re-interpreting the G. E. Morrison Collection', The Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship 2015: Official Conference Proceedings, Osaka (2015) [E2]
2015 Franks R, 'Bodies and books: crime fiction novels and the history of libraries', Sydney (2015) [E2]
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Other (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Franks R, Gulddal J, Rolls A, 'Editors: Special Issue: "Detective Fiction and the Critical-Creative Nexus"', ( issue.2) (2016)
Co-authors Jesper Gulddal, Alistair Rolls
2015 Franks R, 'Editor (Special Issue): Re-imagine', ( issue.18 (6)). Brisbane, Qld.: University of Queensland (2015)
2015 Franks R, 'Editor (Special Issue) Historical Crime Fiction: Phryne Fisher and Other Fantasies, the Female Detective in History', ( issue.1 (2)). Drysdale, Vic. (2015)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $10,000

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20151 grants / $10,000

Detective Fiction on the Move$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Associate Professor Alistair Rolls, Doctor Rachel Franks, Ms Clara Sitbon, Doctor Marie-Laure Vuaille-Barcan, Doctor Jesper Gulddal
Scheme Strategic Networks Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500902
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Dr Rachel Franks

Position

Conjoint Fellow
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

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