Professor Chris Hilliard

MA Auck AM PhD Harvard
Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 6032
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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 sabbatical in the first half of 2015. In the second semester of 2015 I will be teaching HSTY 1044: Twentieth-Century Europe and a postgraduate seminar in modern British history. In the first semester of 2016, I’ll be teaching a new senior unit, provisionally titled Free Speech: An International History. I supervise honours and PhD theses in modern British history and New Zealand history.

Current projects

I’m currently writing a book about the Littlehampton letters case, a neighbourhood dispute involving a series of criminal libel trials and a police investigation that probed the social and cultural history of 1920s Britain. I’m also at work on a longer-term project on writing and law in Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

PhD and master's project opportunities

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. (2014). Publishing. In Michael Saler (Eds.), The Fin-de-Siècle World, (pp. 367-379). London: Routledge.
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Hilliard, C. (2014). The Twopenny Library: The Book Trade, Working-Class Readers, and 'Middlebrow' Novels in Britain, 1930-42. Twentieth Century British History, 25(2), 199-220. [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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Hilliard, C. (2014). Publishing. In Michael Saler (Eds.), The Fin-de-Siècle World, (pp. 367-379). London: Routledge.
  • Hilliard, C. (2014). The Twopenny Library: The Book Trade, Working-Class Readers, and 'Middlebrow' Novels in Britain, 1930-42. Twentieth Century British History, 25(2), 199-220. [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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]

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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