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Welcome to CuSPP! This network  brings together researchers, scholars, and writers working in and beyond the Australian National University in Canberra in cultures of screen, performance, and print. CuSPP encompasses literary and screen studies, cultural history, theatre and performance studies, digital cultures and humanities, book history and reception studies. It explores relationships across time and place, from the ancient world to the present day. On this website you will find information about our upcoming events, which we hope you will find of interest.

Thursday Lunchtime Seminars

Dear all, The famous Thursday Lunchtime Seminars are back in 2018. They run from 1-2pm every Thursday during teaching weeks (19 Feb-15 March and 16 April-25 May). Speakers are invited to present work in progress, rather than finished material, for collegial but robust questioning, feedback, suggestions and discussion. Presentations are welcome from any area of literary and cultural studies, including … Continue reading

Frankenstein 2018: two hundred years of monsters

 12-15 September 2018 The Australian National University, and National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra Nearly two centuries after its anonymous publication on 1 January 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus remains as topical as ever. Its core story—of a recklessly ambitious and naïve scientist whose artificial human-like creature arouses only horror and disgust, … Continue reading

Call for Expressions of Interest: Teaching

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: SESSIONAL TEACHING IN ENGLISH, 2018 The English Program will maintain a register of tutors interested in contributing to part-time teaching in undergraduate courses, commencing in 2018. If you are interested in tutoring, please email a cv and a short cover letter indicating courses you would be interested in tutoring in … Continue reading

Kathryne Ford on Charles Dickens

The Hero of His Own Life?: Biofiction, Legacy, and Charles Dickens’s Life-Writing Novels Monday 11 December, 2pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL Charles Dickens sought to control the narratives of everyone he encountered, both in life and on the page. He even edited his own identity by burning both his correspondence and an early … Continue reading

Rina Kikuchi: women & poetry in WWII Japan

Filling in the ‘blank page’ of literary history: What were women fighting for in WWII Japan through their poetry? Thursday 26 October, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL When compared, women’s poetry (as well as women’s writing in general) during the war‐time Japan (1941‐45) seems to be shockingly different before and after WWII. Their … Continue reading