Dr Christina Spittel

Dr Christina Spittel

Senior Lecturer
UNSW Canberra
School of Humanities & Social Sciences

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)

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  • Books | 2016
    Moore N; Spittel C, 2016, Australian Literature in the German Democratic Republic: Reading through the Iron Curtain
  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Spittel C, 2021, '32 Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War (1993)', in Handbook of British Literature and Culture of the First World War, De Gruyter, pp. 499 - 506, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/9783110422467-033
    Book Chapters | 2021
    2021, '“Englische Taschenbücher für den diplomatischen: Außendienst Gutachten für Panther Books und Seven Seas Publishers.”', in Lokatis S; Hochrein M (ed.),
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Spittel C, 2018, 'Literature (Australia)', in Daniel U; Gatrell P; Janz O; Jones H; Kramer A; Nasson B (ed.), 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, Free University Berlin, Berlin: online, http://dx.doi.org/10.15463/ie1418.11302.
    Book Chapters | 2017
    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://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51520-5_12
    Book Chapters | 2016
    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/
    Book Chapters | 2016
    2016, '"To do something for Australian Literature': Anthologising Australia for the German Democratic Republic of the 1970s', in Spittel ; Moore N (ed.),
    Book Chapters | 2016
    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.),
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Spittel C; Moore N, 2016, 'South by East: World Literature's Cold War Compass', in Spittel ; Moore N (ed.),
    Book Chapters | 2015
    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, pp. 147 - 160, http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/censorship-and-the-limits-of-the-literary-9781628920109/
    Book Chapters | 2014
    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, De Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 255 - 272, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/9783110363029.255
    Book Chapters | 2008
    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 | 2015
    Spittel C, 2015, '"'War's just one black foulness': Jack Lindsay's The Blood Vote and the orthodoxies of Anzac"', Australian Literary Studies, 30, pp. 70 - 85
    Journal articles | 2012
    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, 58, pp. 123 - 131, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8497.2012.01628.x
    Journal articles | 2011
    Spittel C, 2011, 'A PORTABLE MONUMENT? Leonard Mann's Flesh in Armour and Australia's Memory of the First World War', Book History, 14, pp. 187 - 220, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/bh.2011.0002
    Journal articles | 2009
    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
    Journal articles | 2007
    Spittel C, 2007, 'Remembering the war: Australian novelists in the interwar years', Australian Literary Studies, 23
  • Other | 2016
    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
    Other | 2015
    Spittel C, 2015, Australia in the great war,
    Other | 2015
    Spittel C, 2015, Transmesis: Inside Translation's Black Box, WAYNE STATE UNIV PRESS, , http://dx.doi.org/10.13110/antipodes.29.2.0478
    Conference Papers | 2007
    Spittel C, 2007, ''The Deepest Sorrow in Their Hearts': Grief and Mourning in Australian Novels about the Great War', in Crotty M (ed.), 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