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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.

Gabrielle Carey on ‘Katherine Mansfield’s Cousin’

Elizabeth von Arnim was born Mary Beauchamp in Kirribilli in 1866. At 24 became a Prussian countess  and moved to Pomerania where she ‘somewhat mutinously’ bore five children while secretly writing under a pen name. Always able to recognise literary talent, von Arnim employed E.M. Forster and Hugo Walpole as tutors for her daughters. On being … Continue reading

Beate Langenbruch, A Walk through the Garden

Join us for this week’s CuSPP seminar: Thursday 8 August, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL Vegetal enclosure inviting to meditation, idyllic framework for political reflection or locus amoenus for lover’s rendez-vous in Old French poetry and romance: the garden reveals its high and flexible potential in Medieval literature. Do we remember that the epic Song of … Continue reading

Tania Evans on monstrous masculinity on TV

Fucking with Fangs: Monstrous queer male mothers, affect, and online fan reception Thursday 1 August, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL Toxic masculinity is recognised by psychologists and academics as a gender role that is dangerous for men as well as women, one which leads men to experience high rates of suicide, violence, and … Continue reading

Textual Critique Through the Artist’s Eye: John Austen’s ‘Hamlet’

Through the Artist’s Eye: John Austen’s Hamlet explores the way in which the visual art can subtly reflect unique and partially transgressive interpretations of characters’ implied interiority in Shakespeare. It takes taking John Austen’s highly aesthetic, art nouveau illustrated edition of Hamlet, dating to 1922, as a case study, paying close attention to symbol, gesture, … Continue reading

Louisa Kirk, Fantasy and Event in Nella Larsen’s Passing

Join us for this week’s CuSPP seminar: Fantasy and Event in Nella Larsen’s Passing Thursday 30 May, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL UPDATE: Unfortunately due to illness, this week’s TLS will not be running. Our TLS series will start back in Semester 2. Nella Larsen’s Passing (1929), a noteworthy text of the Harlem … Continue reading

Kate Oakes, Till the Cows Come Home: A Scene from the Novel Westhill

Join us for this week’s CuSPP seminar: Till the Cows Come Home: A Scene from the Novel Westhill Thursday 23 May, 1pm, Milgate Room, AD Hope Bldg, SLLL In Animal Studies discourse, farms are places of marginalization and cruelty. Agricultural practices involve the killing of astonishing numbers of animals, and demonstrate, quite graphically, what Dinesh … Continue reading