Dr Chris Mourant BA, MA, PhD

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Department of English Literature
Lecturer in Early Twentieth-Century English Literature
Co-Director of the Centre for Modernist Cultures

Contact details

Room 242, Arts Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

My research focuses on early twentieth-century literature, with particular emphasis on modernism, print cultures, networks of influence, gender, and short fiction.


  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (2019)
  • PhD, King’s College London (2015)
  • BA and MA, University of Warwick (2009 and 2010)


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.


I teach widely across the discipline, from nineteenth-century to contemporary literature. In 2019­­–20, I am delivering teaching and lectures on the following modules:

  • LC 27933 – Prose
  • LI 29687 – Aspects of Modernism (convenor)
  • LH 29596 – Modernism in the Magazines (convenor)
  • LM 22447 – Modernism (convenor)

I am the Director of the MA Literature and Culture programme and convene the core ‘Research Skills for English Literature’ and ‘Dissertation’ modules.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2018 and 2019, students nominated me for the University of Birmingham Outstanding Teaching Award.

Postgraduate supervision

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.

Find out more - our PhD English Literature  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


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.

Other activities

I am the Director of the MA Literature and Culture programme and a Co-Director of the Centre for Modernist Cultures (CMC). The CMC organises a range of activities throughout the year, including a lecture series. Please see the website for further details.

I have served on the executive committee of the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS) since 2013, first as Postgraduate Representative and now as Post-PhD Representative. In these roles, I have been responsible for co-organising two major international conferences, ‘Modernism Now!’ (2014) and ‘Modernist Life’ (2017).



Edited book

  • D’Hoker, Elke and Chris Mourant (eds), The Modern Short Story and Magazine Culture, 1880–1950 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020)

Journal articles

  • Rebecca West, the Forgotten Vorticist?’, Modernist Cultures, 14.4 (2019) - forthcoming
  • ‘Beatrice Hastings in Paris’ in Katherine Mansfield Studies, 11 (2019) - forthcoming
  • ‘Parodic Translation: Katherine Mansfield and the “Boris Petrovsky” Pseudonym’ in Katherine Mansfield Studies, 7 (2015): 15–30
  • ‘“A Little Episode”: The Forgotten Typescripts of Katherine Mansfield, 1908–11’ in Katherine Mansfield Studies, 5 (2013): 154–66 

Book chapters

  • ‘Katherine Mansfield and American Modernism’ in Katherine Mansfield: New Directions, ed. by Aimee Gasston, Gerri Kimber and Janet Wilson (Bloomsbury) – forthcoming
  • ‘Katherine Mansfield as Critic’ in The Bloomsbury Companion to Katherine Mansfield, ed. by Todd Martin (Bloomsbury) – forthcoming
  • ‘We Moderns: Katherine Mansfield and Edwin Muir in The New Age’ in Aphoristic Modernity: 1880 to the Present, ed. by Kostas Boyiopoulos and Michael Shallcross (Brill, 2019), pp. 94–112
  • Mourant, Chris and Natasha Periyan, ‘Home and Homeland: English national identity in the women’s magazines of Newnes and Pearson’ in Women, Periodicals, and Print Culture in Britain, 1890s–1920s: The Modernist Period, ed. by Faith Binckes and Carey Snyder (EUP, 2019), pp. 60–71
  • ‘Modernist Emotions: The critical writings of Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf’ in Katherine Mansfield and the Bloomsbury Group, ed. by Todd Martin (Bloomsbury, 2017), pp. 161–80
  • ‘“Alors, Je Pars”: Katherine Mansfield and the New Age, 1915–17’ in Katherine Mansfield’s French Lives, ed. by Claire Davison and Gerri Kimber (Brill, 2016), pp. 108–124

Other publications

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