Dr Christina Spittel

Lecturer in English and Media Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 2 6268 8766
+61 2 6268 8879

LOCATION

Building 28
Room 114

  • ABOUT
  • PUBLICATIONS

Christina is interested in the intersections between literature, history, memory, and politics. She has published about Australian war writing, the teaching of Shakespeare in the Third Reich and socialist East Germany, and the extraordinary reception of Australian books behind the Berlin Wall.

She holds a PhD from the University of Freiburg and an undergraduate degree from the University of Tübingen (Staatsexamen). She is the ACT representative of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, and a member of the judging panel for the 2017 Walter McRae Russell Award.

Current projects include:

  • Based on a true Story: The First World War in the Australian Novel: a book-length study tracing Australian novelists' engagement with the First World War from 1914 to the Centenary
  • Reading for the Enemy: research investigating the intersections between world literature and the Cultural Cold War
  • The First World War, 100 Years on: Transnational cultures of remembrance in interdisciplinary comparison, as part of a team of researchers from Free University Berlin and UNSW Canberra, funded by the DAAD Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme (2016/17)

Courses convened: 

  • ZHSS1101: English and Media Studies 1A -- Culture and Communication
  • ZHSS2133: Another Country: Australian Literature
  • ZHSS3140: Literatures of the world
  • ZHSS8106: War & Memory
  • ZHSS8125: Strategic Communication

Media & Outreach:

Christina has spoken on ABC Radio National and ABC television about Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front and the literature of the First World War more broadly. You can listen to her here and here. An interview with SBS German radio on the publication of Australian books in East Germany is here.

She was an invited speaker at the WeberWorldCafé, Narrating the First World War: Experiences and Reports from Transregional Perspectives, held at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin on 16 September 2014.

Academia.edu profile: https://adfa.academia.edu/ChristinaSpittel

PhD Supervision:

Carolyn Carr, New Zealand Troopship Magazines of the First World War (jointly supervised with Dr John Connor)

Kabu Okai Davies, The Sorceres' Democracy (creative writing project, jointly supervised with Associate Professor Eleanor Hancock)

Books

Moore N; Spittel C, (eds.), 2016, Australian Literature in the German Democratic Republic: Reading through the Iron Curtain, 1st, Anthem, London, http://www.anthempress.com/reading-through-the-iron-curtain

Moore N, (ed.), 2015, Censorship and the Limits of the Literary: A Global View, Hardcover Ist, Bloomsbury Academic, New York, http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/censorship-and-the-limits-of-the-literary-9781628920109/

Book Chapters

Spittel C, 2017, '“So homesick for Anzac”? Australian novelists and the shifting cartographies of Gallipoli', in Ariotti K; Bennett J (ed.), Australians and the First World War Local-Global Connections and Contexts, Palgrave Macmillan, http://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319515199#aboutAuthors

Spittel C, 2016, '"They’ve got a right to their feelings": The One Day of the Year reconsidered', in Frame T (ed.), Anzac Day Then & Now: Australia's Unofficial National Day, New South, Sydney, pp. 141 - 155, https://www.newsouthbooks.com.au/books/anzac-day-then-and-now/

Spittel C; Moore N, 2016, 'South by East: World Literature's Cold War Compass', in Spittel; Moore N (ed.), Australian Literature in the German Democratic Republic: Reading through the Iron Curtain, Anthem, London, pp. 1 - 32

Spittel C, 2016, '"To do something for Australian Literature': Anthologising Australia for the German Democratic Republic of the 1970s', in Spittel; Moore N (ed.), Australian Literature in the German Democratic Republic: Reading through the Iron Curtain, Anthem, London, pp. 187 - 208

Spittel C, 2016, '"Because it was exotic, because it was so far away": Bernhard Scheller in conversation with Christina Spittel', in Spittel; Moore N (ed.), Australian Literature in the German Democratic Republic: Reading through the Iron Curtain, Anthem, London, pp. 239 - 248

Spittel C, 2015, 'Reading the Enemy: East German Censorship across the Wall', in Censorship and the Limits of the Literary A Global View, Bloomsbury, pp. 147 - 160, http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/censorship-and-the-limits-of-the-literary-9781628920109/

Spittel C, 2014, 'Nostalgia for the Nation?: Australian novels in the 1970s and 1980s', in Löschnigg M; Sokolowska-Paryz M (ed.), The Great War in Post-Memory Literature and Film, edn. 1st, De Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 255 - 272, 10.1515/9783110363029.255

Spittel C, 2008, ''He Gave His Life That Others May Live': Der Mann, der Esel und der Erste Weltkrieg im australischen Kinder- und Jugendbuch der Gegenwart.', in Hochbruck W; Korte B; Paletschek S (ed.), Der Erste Weltkrieg in der populaeren Erinnerungskultur, Klartext, Bielefeld, pp. 135 - 153

Journal articles

Spittel C, 2015, 'Australia in the great war', ReCollections, vol. 10

Spittel C, 2015, '"'War's just one black foulness': Jack Lindsay's The Blood Vote and the orthodoxies of Anzac"', Australian Literary Studies, pp. 70 - 85

Crotty M; Spittel C, 2012, 'The One Day of the Year and All That: Anzac between History and Memory', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 58, pp. 123 - 131, 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2012.01628.x

Spittel C, 2011, 'A Portable Monument?: Leonard Mann's Flesh in Armour and Australia's Memory of the First World War', Book History, vol. 14, pp. 187 - 220, 10.1353/bh.2011.0002

Spittel C; Korte B, 2009, '"Shakespeare under Different Flags: The Bard in German Classrooms from Hitler to Honecker."', Journal of Contemporary History, pp. 267 - 286

Spittel C, 2007, '"Remembering the War: Australian Novelists in the Interwar Years."', Australian Literary Studies, vol. 23, pp. 121 - 139

Conference Papers

Spittel C, (ed.), 2009, ''The Deepest Sorrow in Their Hearts': Grief and Mourning in Australian Novels about the Great War', in 'The Deepest Sorrow in Their Hearts': Grief and Mourning in Australian Novels about the Great War, When the Soldiers Return: November 2007 Conference Proceedings, Brisbane, presented at When the Soldiers Return: November 2007 Conference Proceedings, Brisbane, 28 - 30 November 2007, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=698916472918113;res=IELHSS