Dr Rachel Franks

Dr Rachel Franks

Honorary Associate Lecturer

School of Humanities, Creative Ind and Social Sci

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

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For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.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 (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Franks R, Meind SE, The Real and the Reflected: Heroes and Villains in Existent and Imagined Worlds (2020)

The Real and the Reflected: Heroes and Villains in Existent and Imagined Worlds, unpacks many of the issues that surround heroes and villains. It explores the shadows that fall be... [more]

The Real and the Reflected: Heroes and Villains in Existent and Imagined Worlds, unpacks many of the issues that surround heroes and villains. It explores the shadows that fall between the traditional black and white definitions of good and evil.

DOI 10.1163/9781848881068
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 (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Franks R, 'Visualising Villains: Crafting Criminals in Australian Crime Fiction', The Real and the Reflected: Heroes and Villains in Existent and Imagined Worlds 163-172 (2020)

In Miles Franklin¿s Bring the Monkey (1933) Ercildoun Carrington states: ¿I¿ve always loathed murder¿1 and in Elizabeth Antill¿s Death on the Barrier Reef (1952) Sergeant Bull squ... [more]

In Miles Franklin¿s Bring the Monkey (1933) Ercildoun Carrington states: ¿I¿ve always loathed murder¿1 and in Elizabeth Antill¿s Death on the Barrier Reef (1952) Sergeant Bull squints out to sea and remarks: ¿never been able to find an adequate reason for murder myself.¿2 In contrast to these views avid readers of the crime fiction genre do not mind murder because, traditionally, without a body they would have no book to read. Readers also have the capacity, however, to engage with murder in ways that exceed its function as a mechanism to define a piece of fiction as crime fiction. This paper explores, with a focus on Australian texts, some of the ethical questions attendant on the act of murder in crime fiction and thus serves to give the genre an importance beyond mere entertainment. These questions are highlighted through a discussion of some of the creative processes involved in crafting characters that commit criminal acts and a brief examination of how some murderers become heroes and others villains. The traditional setting, for many crime stories, is a black and white world: a place where the demarcation between good and evil is clearly understood. This paper asks if readers can be forced into a world dominated by shades of grey, where they are compelled to explore their own ideas about the value of a human life and the conditions that would be necessary to justify committing murder for the perceived greater good.

DOI 10.1163/9781848881068_017
2019 Dwyer S, Franks R, Green R, 'Introduction', With(Out) Trace: Interdisciplinary Investigations into Time, Space and the Body ix-xvi (2019)
2019 Franks R, 'Cold Case: Investigating Time, Space and the Body in Agatha Christie s Five Little Pigs (1942)', A Body Living and Not Measurable: How Bodies are Constructed, Scripted and Performed through Time and Space 23-34 (2019)

Agatha Christie¿s often-neglected masterpiece Five Little Pigs (originally titled Murder in Retrospect) first appeared in 1942. This work, a Hercule Poirot novel, sees the Belgian... [more]

Agatha Christie¿s often-neglected masterpiece Five Little Pigs (originally titled Murder in Retrospect) first appeared in 1942. This work, a Hercule Poirot novel, sees the Belgian detective take on a cold case. It is sixteen years since Caroline Crale was tried and convicted of the murder of her husband. Now, her daughter, Carla Lemarchant, is questioning the guilty verdict and, assured of her mother¿s innocence, she secures the services of Poirot to investigate and to identify the real killer. Deploying a stunningly innovative, and effective, narrative technique, Christie constructs a tale where Poirot interviews five key players (the five little pigs of the book¿s title) ¿ before asking each person to send him a letter outlining what they heard and saw on the day of the crime. These letters provide the central drama to the novel while simultaneously offering an experiment in creative practice. This chapter, looking at these letters and accompanying interviews, explores how Christie, through her most famous creation, tackled issues around time, space and the body. First, this chapter will address the issue of time and how this construction is utilised as a defence (or merely an excuse) in not wanting to cooperate with a murder investigation. Second, this chapter will explore the idea of space and challenge the widely-held belief that the crime scene, as a space, is critical to the resolution of a case. Third, and perhaps most importantly, this chapter will unpack how the body, in the form of a corpse, continues to maintain a sliver of power despite the physical removal from the site of murder. Similarly, the chapter examines how those once connected to an act of murder ¿ through either their status as suspect or witness ¿ can work to reposition their own bodies to reconnect with a criminal act many years after the event.

DOI 10.1163/9781848884373_004
2018 Rolls A, Franks R, 'Making a Meal of It: Food as a Symbol of Degrees of Fiction in the Novels of Arthur Upfield', Blood on the Table: Essays on Food in International Crime Fiction, McFarland, Jefferson, North Carolina 150-162 (2018) [B1]
Co-authors Alistair Rolls
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]
2014 'Gender and Genre: Changes in Women s Work in Australian Crime Fiction: Rachel Franks', Crime Scenes, Peter Lang
DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-03211-6/30
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Journal article (38 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2023 Franks R, 'Myths, Media, and Judicial Execution: Writing the Biography of Hangman Robert Howard', Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture, 8 155-172 (2023) [C1]
DOI 10.5325/jasiapacipopcult.8.2.0155
2020 Rolls A, Franks R, 'Homogenizing the Radical, or Vice Versa? Adapting (to) The Murder of Roger Ackroyd', Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture, 5 50-68 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.5325/jasiapacipopcult.5.1.0050
Co-authors Alistair Rolls
2020 Franks R, Meind SE, 'Introduction', The Real and the Reflected: Heroes and Villains in Existent and Imagined Worlds, ix-xvi (2020)
DOI 10.1163/9781848881068_001
2019 Barnett T, Dwyer S, Franks R, Mummery J, 'Regional', M/C Journal, 22
DOI 10.5204/mcj.1548
2019 Webb D, Franks R, 'Metropolitan Collections: Reaching Out to Regional Australia', M/C Journal, 22 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.5204/mcj.1529
2018 Dwyer S, Franks R, Moore E, Franks R, 'Reviews', Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 7 191-197 (2018)
DOI 10.1386/ajpc.7.1.191_5
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, 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 Alistair Rolls, Jesper Gulddal
2016 Franks R, Riley M, 'Forging the Future of Special Collections', Archives and Manuscripts, 44 174-175 (2016)
DOI 10.1080/01576895.2016.1233607
2016 Franks R, Mountfort P, Marsh S, Oliver-Hopkins O, Cornell K, Heidrich J, 'Reviews', Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 5 73-88 (2016)
DOI 10.1386/ajpc.5.1.73_5
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, 'Editorial: the betwixt and between', TEXT: 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]

Promoting and facilitating access to historical collections for Indigenous communities has recently increased across Australia. Such activities have been integrated into the pract... [more]

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
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 4
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, 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, Alistair Rolls
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, 'Editorial: the betwixt and between', TEXT: 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]
2014 Beasley C, Chudy T, Franks R, 'Reviews', Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 3 139-143 (2014)
DOI 10.1386/ajpc.3.1.139_5
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 - 7Web of Science - 3
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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 (4 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
2016 Rolls A, 'Crime Fiction: The Creative/Critical Nexus', Crime Fiction: The Creative/Critical Nexus ( issue.October): Australasian Association of Writing Programs (2016)
Co-authors 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, Professor 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

Honorary Associate Lecturer
School of Humanities, Creative Ind and Social Sci
College of Human and Social Futures

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