Professor Chris Hilliard

MA Auck AM PhD Harvard
Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

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Research interests

I am a historian of modern Britain. Much of my research has focused on literature and literary criticism in popular intellectual life. I have also written on New Zealand history, especially on the place of literature, historical writing, and ethnography in colonial culture.

Teaching and supervision

I am on a research fellowship at the moment and won’t be teaching undergraduate units until 2015. I am supervising honours and PhD theses as usual, however, and welcome research students in modern British history and New Zealand history. I also lead postgraduate seminars regularly, most recently in first semester 2013.

Current projects

My current research is on writing and law in Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. An article on obscenity law and the politics of reading was published in the American Historical Review in June 2013. At the moment I am working on criminal libel (and in particular on the ‘Littlehampton letters’ case of the early 1920s) and on ideas of press freedom and the problem of ‘group defamation’ or hate speech.

Selected grants

2010

  • The Politics of Reading: Citizenship, Law, and Literacy in England, 1867-1960; Hilliard C; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2007

  • Complex Words: Literary Judgments in the British Commonwealth, 1920-1970; Hilliard C; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Hilliard, C. (2012). English as a Vocation: The 'Scrutiny' Movement. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Hilliard, C. (2006). The Bookmen's Dominion: Cultural Life in New Zealand 1920-1950. Auckland: Auckland University Press.
  • Hilliard, C. (2006). To Exercise Our Talents: The Democratization of Writing in Britain. Cambridge MA; London: Harvard University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Hilliard, C. (2012). The Native Land Court: Making Property in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand. In Saliha Belmessous (Eds.), Native Claims: Indigenous Law against Empire, 1500-1920, (pp. 204-222). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • Hilliard, C. (2011). "Mind's middle distances" : men of letters in interwar New Zealand. In Kate Macdonald (Eds.), The masculine middlebrow, 1880-1950 : what Mr. Miniver read, (pp. 150-161). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hilliard, C. (2011). Working-class Fiction. In Patrick Parrinder and Andrzej Gasiorek (Eds.), The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume Four: The Reinvention of the British and Irish Novel 1880-1940, (pp. 522-535). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Journals

  • Hilliard, C. (2014). Popular Reading and Social Investigation in Britain, 1850s-1940s. The Historical Journal, 57(1), 247-271.
  • Hilliard, C. (2014). The Twopenny Library: The Book Trade, Working-Class Readers, and 'Middlebrow' Novels in Britain, 1930-42. Twentieth Century British History, article in press. [More Information]
  • Hilliard, C. (2013). ‘Is It a Book That You Would Even Wish Your Wife or Your Servants to Read?’ Obscenity Law and the Politics of Reading in Modern England. American Historical Review, 118(3), 653-678. [More Information]
  • Hilliard, C. (2012). Familiar with the Tradition: Twentieth-Century British History in Australia. Twentieth Century British History, 23(4), 529-574.
  • Hilliard, C. (2010). Licensed Native Interpreter: The Land Purchaser as Ethnographer in Early-20th-Century New Zealand. The Journal of Pacific History, 45(2), 229-245. [More Information]
  • Hilliard, C. (2009). The Provincial Press and the Imperial Traffic in Fiction, 1870s-1930s. Journal of British Studies, 48(3), 653-673.
  • Hilliard, C. (2008). The literary underground of 1920s London. Social History, 33(2), 164-182. [More Information]
  • Hilliard, C. (2006). Producers by Hand and by Brain: Working-Class Writers and Left-Wing Publishers in 1930s Britain. Journal of Modern History, 78(1), 37-64.
  • Hilliard, C. (2005). Modernism and the Common Writer. The Historical Journal, 48(3), 769-787.

2014

  • Hilliard, C. (2014). Popular Reading and Social Investigation in Britain, 1850s-1940s. The Historical Journal, 57(1), 247-271.
  • Hilliard, C. (2014). The Twopenny Library: The Book Trade, Working-Class Readers, and 'Middlebrow' Novels in Britain, 1930-42. Twentieth Century British History, article in press. [More Information]

2013

  • Hilliard, C. (2013). ‘Is It a Book That You Would Even Wish Your Wife or Your Servants to Read?’ Obscenity Law and the Politics of Reading in Modern England. American Historical Review, 118(3), 653-678. [More Information]

2012

  • Hilliard, C. (2012). English as a Vocation: The 'Scrutiny' Movement. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Hilliard, C. (2012). Familiar with the Tradition: Twentieth-Century British History in Australia. Twentieth Century British History, 23(4), 529-574.
  • Hilliard, C. (2012). The Native Land Court: Making Property in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand. In Saliha Belmessous (Eds.), Native Claims: Indigenous Law against Empire, 1500-1920, (pp. 204-222). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.

2011

  • Hilliard, C. (2011). "Mind's middle distances" : men of letters in interwar New Zealand. In Kate Macdonald (Eds.), The masculine middlebrow, 1880-1950 : what Mr. Miniver read, (pp. 150-161). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hilliard, C. (2011). Working-class Fiction. In Patrick Parrinder and Andrzej Gasiorek (Eds.), The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume Four: The Reinvention of the British and Irish Novel 1880-1940, (pp. 522-535). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2010

  • Hilliard, C. (2010). Licensed Native Interpreter: The Land Purchaser as Ethnographer in Early-20th-Century New Zealand. The Journal of Pacific History, 45(2), 229-245. [More Information]

2009

  • Hilliard, C. (2009). The Provincial Press and the Imperial Traffic in Fiction, 1870s-1930s. Journal of British Studies, 48(3), 653-673.

2008

  • Hilliard, C. (2008). The literary underground of 1920s London. Social History, 33(2), 164-182. [More Information]

2006

  • Hilliard, C. (2006). Producers by Hand and by Brain: Working-Class Writers and Left-Wing Publishers in 1930s Britain. Journal of Modern History, 78(1), 37-64.
  • Hilliard, C. (2006). The Bookmen's Dominion: Cultural Life in New Zealand 1920-1950. Auckland: Auckland University Press.
  • Hilliard, C. (2006). To Exercise Our Talents: The Democratization of Writing in Britain. Cambridge MA; London: Harvard University Press.

2005

  • Hilliard, C. (2005). Modernism and the Common Writer. The Historical Journal, 48(3), 769-787.

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