About Professor Chris Hilliard

Associate Professor Chris Hilliard welcomes research students in modern British history and New Zealand history.

Associate Professor Hilliard is a historian of modern Britain. Much of his research has focused on literature and literary criticism in popular intellectual life. He is currently working on writing and law (defamation and obscenity law in particular) in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He have also written on New Zealand history, especially on the place of literature, historical writing, and ethnography in colonial culture.

For more details see: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/history/staff/profiles/hilliard.shtml

Selected publications


English as a Vocation: The 'Scrutiny' Movement (Oxford: Oxford University Press, June 2012).

To Exercise Our Talents: The Democratization of Writing in Britain (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2006).
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The Bookmen’s Dominion: Cultural Life in New Zealand, 1920-1950 (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2006).


'Familiar with the Tradition: Twentieth-Century British History in Australia’, Twentieth Century British History, 23, no. 4 (forthcoming, December 2012).

‘The Native Land Court: Making Property in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand’, in Saliha Belmessous, ed., Native Claims: Indigenous Law against Empire, 1500-1920 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 204-222.

‘Working-Class Fiction’, in Patrick Parrinder, gen. ed., The Oxford History of the Novel in English, vol. 4, The Reinvention of the British Novel 1880-1940, ed. Patrick Parrinder and Andrzej Gasiorek (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 522-535.

‘Licensed Native Interpreter: The Land Purchaser as Ethnographer in Early 20th-Century New Zealand’, Journal of Pacific History, 45, no. 2 (September 2010): 229-245.

‘The Provincial Press and the Imperial Traffic in Fiction, 1870s-1930s’, Journal of British Studies, 48, no. 3 (July 2009): 653-673.

‘The Literary Underground of 1920s London’, Social History, 33, no. 2 (May 2008): 164-182.

‘Producers by Hand and by Brain: Working-Class Writers and Left-Wing Publishers in 1930s Britain’, Journal of Modern History, 78, no. 1 (March 2006): 37-64.