Associate 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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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.
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.
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