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.
Join us for the next CuSPP Seminar (taking place via zoom) Thursday 28 July, 2022, 4.30 – 6pm. The Very Idea of Art Donald Preziosi, an influential modern voice in art history, argues that his discipline has proved ‘particularly effective in naturalizing and validating the very idea of art as a “universal” human phenomenon’. If … Continue reading
Unstable Ground: Tracing a Gothic Lineage in Maggie O’Farrell’s Fiction Since her debut in 2000, British author Maggie O’Farrell has published eight novels and one memoir, achieving consistent commercial success and several major awards, culminating in the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Despite such recognition, O’Farrell remains under-critiqued in both scholarship and non-academic literary criticism. … Continue reading
Vietnamese auteur Đặng Nhật Minh is highly regarded both inside and outside of the country for his poetic films and skilful negotiations with the censors at the Ministry of Culture. This paper examines two of Đặng’s films—When the Tenth Month Comes (1984) and The Girl on the River (1987)—against the backdrop of socio-political reforms and … Continue reading
Thursday 30 June, 4.30-6pm, A. D. Hope G28 (Note change of venue) Please find link and password for livestream of this seminar here While many scholars acknowledge that a book’s passage to publication is managed, aided and afforded by the labour of many people, in most literary scholarship such labour is ignored – perpetuating what … Continue reading
Rewriting, Reflecting and Resisting: Gender, Reception and ‘The Drover’s Wife’ Stories Thursday 5 May, 4.30-6pm, A. D. Hope Conference Room. Henry Lawson’s 1892 short story ‘The Drover’s Wife’ has inspired many reinterpretations over the years. The constant (re)reading and (re)writing of the story enable discussions of and debates over gender, race, national identity and Australian … Continue reading
Bringing the Original into Being by Copying It: On the Retrospective Nature of Poetic Mimesis Thursday 28 April, 4.30-6pm, A. D. Hope Conference Room. For zoom link for this event and/or to be added to the CuSPP member list contact: Russell.Smith@anu.edu.au A long line of commentators (Johnson 1751; Attridge 1982; Ford 2021) have pointed out … Continue reading
A matrix of becoming: Women’s friendship in 20th century American novels(Exit Seminar) Thursday 24 March, 4.30-6pm, A. D. Hope Conference Room. For zoom link for this event and/or to be added to the CuSPP member list contact: Russell.Smith@anu.edu.au Few women would disagree with the idea that female friendship is—alongside the romantic and familial—one of the … Continue reading