Dr Christina Spittel

Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer in English and Media Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 2 6268 8766
+61 2 6268 8879


Building 28
Room 114


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 is currently researching a socialist publishing program, run out of East Berlin during the Cold War.

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 advisory board of the Teaching and Learning War network.

Current projects include:

Courses convened: 

I am a recipient of a 2016 Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence. Most recently, I have convened the following courses:

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

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 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.

Twitter: @ChSpittel

PhD Supervision:

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

Noahlyn Maranan, Does social media improve democracy in the Philippines? (jointly supervised with Professor Anthony Burke)

For her Engagement story please click 


Moore N; Spittel C, (ed.), 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

Book Chapters

Spittel C, 2018, 'Literature (Australia)', in Daniel U; Gatrell P; Janz O; Jones H; Kramer A; Nasson B (ed.), , Free University Berlin, Berlin: online, http://dx.doi.org/10.15463/ie1418.11302.

Spittel C, 2017, '"So homesick for Anzac"? Australian novelists and the shifting cartographies of Gallipoli', in Australians and the First World War: Local-Global Connections and Contexts, pp. 203 - 220, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51520-5_12

Spittel C, 2016, '"To do something for Australian Literature': Anthologising Australia for the German Democratic Republic of the 1970s', in Moore N; Spittel C (ed.), AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE IN THE GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC: READING THROUGH THE IRON CURTAIN, edn. Anthem Studies in Australian Literature and Culture, Anthem, London, pp. 187 - 208, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000433950600009&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

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; 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, '"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, 2015, 'Reading the Enemy: East German Censorship across the Wall', in Moore N (ed.), CENSORSHIP AND THE LIMITS OF THE LITERARY: A GLOBAL VIEW, BLOOMSBURY PUBL INC, pp. 147 - 160, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000377255400011&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

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, http://dx.doi.org/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, ''War's just one black foulness': Jack Lindsay's The Blood Vote and the Orthodoxies of Anzac', Australian Literary Studies, vol. 30, 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, http://dx.doi.org/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, http://dx.doi.org/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

Conference Papers

Spittel C, 2009, ''The Deepest Sorrow in Their Hearts': Grief and Mourning in Australian Novels about the Great War', in Crotty M (ed.), '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 November 2007 - 30 November 2007, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=698916472918113;res=IELHSS


Spittel C, 2016, An unsentimental bloke: the life and work of CJ Dennis, ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14443058.2016.1156472

Spittel C, 2015, Transmesis: Inside Translation's Black Box, WAYNE STATE UNIV PRESS, http://dx.doi.org/10.13110/antipodes.29.2.0478

Spittel C, 2015, Australia in the great war

Spittel C, 2008, The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War, VEB VERLAG ENZYKLOPADIE, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000263790100009&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a