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

I am a Lecturer in Early Twentieth-Century English Literature. My research primarily focuses on modernist print cultures (magazines, periodicals, coterie publishing) and early twentieth-century women’s writing. I am the author of Katherine Mansfield and Periodical Culture (EUP).


  • 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.


In 2018­­–19 I am teaching and delivering lectures on the following undergraduate modules: Prose; Aspects of Modernism (convenor); and The Modern Short Story (co-convenor).

I am the Director of the MA Literature and Culture programme and deliver teaching on the following MA modules: Modernism (convenor); and Research Skills for English Literature (convenor).

I am committed to research-led teaching and look to foster an inclusive learning environment in the seminar room. I was nominating by students for the 2018 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.


I am a literary historian interested in modernism, print culture and early twentieth-century women’s writing. My work analyses networks of influence between writers and across reading communities.

My first monograph, Katherine Mansfield and Periodical Culture (EUP 2019), situates Katherine Mansfield’s work within networks of production, uncovering the many ways in which Mansfield engaged with the writings of others and responded to the political, aesthetic and social contexts of early twentieth-century periodical culture. The book examines Mansfield’s ambivalent position as a New Zealand-born colonial woman writer working both within and against the London literary establishment, considering her work in the contexts of both British and global modernisms.

I have presented my research on Mansfield to wider audiences through national public outlets, including BBC Radio 4 and the Times Literary Supplement.

In addition to this work on Mansfield, I have published and presented research on a range of other modernist writers, including Sherwood Anderson, Olive Moore, Edwin Muir, Stevie Smith, Rebecca West and Virginia Woolf. I am currently researching the life and works of Beatrice Hastings, and together with Professor Elke D’hoker (KU Leuven) I am co-editing a volume of essays on the modern short story and magazine culture in Britain and Ireland.

Other activities

I am the Director of the MA Literature and Culture programme and, together with Nathan Waddell, 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 ECR Representative. In these roles, I have been responsible for co-organising two major international conferences, ‘Modernism Now!’ (2014) and ‘Modernist Life’ (2017).



Journal articles

  • ‘Beatrice Hastings in Paris’ in Katherine Mansfield Studies, 11 (2019)
  • ‘Rebecca West, the Forgotten Vorticist?’ in Modernist Cultures, 14.2 (2019)
  • ‘Parodic Translation: Katherine Mansfield and the “Boris Petrovsky” Pseudonym’ in Katherine Mansfield Studies, 7 (2015): 15–30 – winner of the Katherine Mansfield Society Essay Prize 2014
  • ‘“A Little Episode”: The Forgotten Typescripts of Katherine Mansfield, 1908–11’ in Katherine Mansfield Studies, 5 (2013): 154–66 

Book chapters

  • ‘Home and Homeland: English national identity in the women’s magazines of Newnes and Pearson’ in Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1890s–1920s: The Modernist Period, ed. by Faith Binckes and Carey Snyder (Edinburgh University Press, 2019) – co-authored with Natasha Periyan
  • ‘We Moderns: Katherine Mansfield and Edwin Muir in The New Age’ in Aphoristic Modernity, ed. by Kostas Boyiopoulos and Michael Shallcross (Brill, 2018)
  • ‘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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