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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.

Tania Evans on A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones

Join us for next week’s CuSPP seminar: ‘Cripples and Bastards and Broken Things’: Negotiating Masculinity through Fantasy Genre Conventions in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones Thursday 24 May, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL Hegemonic models of masculinity that are based upon violence, domination, and invulnerability are recognised by … Continue reading

Wesley Lim on William Forsythe’s Alignigung

Join us for next week’s CuSPP seminar: Unexpected Intimacy: William Forsythe’s Alignigung (2016) and German Integration Thursday 17 May, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL William Forsythe continues to embark on new aesthetic territory by exploring choreographic objects—not necessarily related to a body ‘but rather an alternative site for the understanding of potential instigation … Continue reading

Paul Magee on Unconscious Self-Appraisals in Literary Works

Join us for next week’s CuSPP seminar: Unconscious Self-Appraisals in Literary Works Thursday 10 May, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL Ezra Pound struck a pencil through the lines in The Waste Land manuscript that referred to the writing of bad poetry. Similarly, his mentee Hemingway cut a description of poor novel-writing from The … Continue reading

Ash Collins on the roman-fleuve

Join us for next week’s CuSPP seminar: The Roman-fleuve and the Rebirth of the Author Thursday 3 May, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL Loosely comparable to earlier multi-volume works such as Balzac’s Comédie  Humaine and Zola’s Les Rougon-Macquart, the roman-fleuve was one of the most  prominent if short-lived literary trends in early twentieth-century France. These cyclical novels drew … Continue reading

Julieanne Lamond in conversation with author Gail Jones

CuSPP member Julieanne Lamond will be interviewing Gail Jones about her new novel, The Death of Noah Glass, at Muse on Sunday 6 May at 3pm. Reserve your place and read more about Jones’ book here. The author of seven novels and two collections of stories, Gail Jones is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. … Continue reading

ANZAC Day: ‘Arthur Streeton, the art of war’ poetry reading

This ANZAC Day, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra is hosting a collaboration with the ANU Theatre Society and the Australian War Memorial: Arthur Streeton: The art of war poetry reading (Wednesday April 25, 11:00am – 12:00pm) A recital of Australian poetry and illuminating letters written by Arthur Streeton during his time as an official war artist in … Continue reading

Leslie Barnes on Nicolas Kristof as Global Saviour

Join us for next week’s CuSPP seminar: Live-Tweeting and Distant Suffering: Nicholas Kristof as Global Saviour Thursday 26 April, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL In his foreword to Somaly Mam’s The Road of Lost Innocence, Nicholas Kristof celebrates the Cambodian sex-trafficking survivor for embodying “the resilience, courage, and nobility of the human spirit.” … Continue reading