Chris Mourant

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

I research literature of the period c.1880–1950, with particular emphasis on modern and modernist prose; empire, colonialism and the transnational; the material text, periodical culture and media history.

My first monograph, Katherine Mansfield and Periodical Culture (EUP 2019), returns to the venues in which Mansfield first published – ‘little magazines’ and literary periodicals – in order to shed new light on her life and work. The project situates Mansfield's writings in conversation with the work of contemporaries such as D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf, and reflects my abiding research interests in print media, text/image, gender, colonialism, the institutions of literary production, networks of influence, and the transnational contexts of post-1900 literature. I argue that, as a New Zealand-born colonial woman writer working both within and against the London literary establishment, Mansfield occupied an ambiguous, precarious position in metropolitan writing communities. The book has received positive reviews from leading scholars in the field, in Modernism/modernity, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, Women: A Cultural Review, Modern Languages Review and Katherine Mansfield Studies. I have presented research from this project to wider audiences in the Times Literary Supplement and on BBC Radio 4, and a video of me talking about this research is available to view here.

My other recent publications include an edited essay collection, The Modern Short Story and Magazine Culture, 1880–1950 (EUP 2021); peer-reviewed journal articles on the writings of Rebecca West and Beatrice Hastings; chapters in Women, Periodicals, and Print Culture in Britain, 1890s–1920s (EUP 2019) and Aphoristic Modernity (Brill 2019); as well as numerous contributions to recent books on Mansfield.


Before joining the University of Birmingham in 2016, I studied for my BA and MA at the University of Warwick, completed my PhD at King’s College London (with a year abroad studying at the University of Stuttgart and the Sorbonne, Paris), and taught for a year as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in English at Nottingham Trent University.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I welcome enquires from prospective MRes and PhD students with research proposals relating to my areas of specialism.