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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.

Chris Bishop on Peplum Films in Cold-War America

Peplum Films in Cold-War America or: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Beefcake Thursday 19 October, 1pm Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLL American interest in the ancient world took on a new life in the second half of the twentieth century, thanks largely to the Marshall Plan and the bourgeoning opportunities for … Continue reading

Presentation Workshop

Presentation Workshop: A Toolkit for Getting the Most out of your 20 Minutes in Front of an Audience Thursday 5 October, 1pm Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLL This week’s seminar will be a seminar on seminars, a presentation on presentations. Led by SLLL staff members Dr Kate Flaherty and Dr Gemma King, staff, students, … Continue reading

Mathew, Nulley-Valdés & Peyton: Reviving the Author

Reviving the Author Thursday 28 September, 1pm Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLL The question of authorial intent looms large over literary studies. The influence of post-structuralist thought from Derrida to Barthes and the new criticism attempted to challenge the primacy of the author’s intention for the text. As critics we are still confronted with … Continue reading

Russell Smith: Frankenstein in the Automatic Factory

Frankenstein in the Automatic Factory Thursday 31 August, 1pm Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL On 4 November 1818, some eight months after the anonymous publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Dr Andrew Ure performed a series of galvanic experiments at Glasgow University on the body of Matthew Clydesdale, hanged for murder an hour earlier. According … Continue reading

Jyoti Nandan: White – A Misogynist?

Patrick White – A Misogynist? (With special focus on The Twyborn Affair) Thursday 24 August, 1pm Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL Patrick White has been called a misogynist. My paper discusses to what extent this is the case. There is no denying that White’s male characters are drawn in much greater depth and more … Continue reading