Chris Mourant

Chris Mourant

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

My research focuses on early twentieth-century literature. I’m particularly interested in the print cultures of modernism. My first book, Katherine Mansfield and Periodical Culture (2019), returns to the magazines and periodicals in which Mansfield first published in order to situate her work within networks of influence. The book examines Mansfield’s ambivalent position as a New Zealand-born colonial woman writer working both within and against the London literary establishment. A video of me talking about this project is available to view here. In the course of conducting research on Mansfield, I have written on the work of writers including Sherwood Anderson, Colette, Beatrice Hastings, D. H. Lawrence, Edwin Muir, and Virginia Woolf. I have also presented my research on Mansfield to wider audiences through national public outlets, including BBC Radio 4 and the Times Literary Supplement.

Together with Professor Elke D’hoker (KU Leuven), I am co-editing a volume of essays on the modern short story and magazine culture for Edinburgh University Press.


I joined the University of Birmingham as a Teaching Fellow in 2016 after working as a Lecturer in English at Nottingham Trent University and completing my PhD at King’s College London.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I currently co-supervise a doctoral thesis on John Middleton Murry. I will be happy to receive enquires from prospective students with research proposals relating to my areas of specialism.