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Dr Jeffrey Mather

BA (Hons) (University of Alberta), MA (Concordia University), PhD (University of Kent)

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office: M8072 CMC
Phone: 34429884
Fax: 34420288
Email: jlmather@cityu.edu.hk
Jeffrey Mather's research focuses on cross-cultural writing, literature, and the way that writers situate themselves in multilingual and transnational contexts. He has recently co-edited a special issue of Wasafiri: International Contemporary Writing which focuses on Hong Kong writing twenty years after the handover, and is also the author of a forthcoming chapter on the Chinese novel in English for the Oxford History of the Novel in English. He is also working on an RGC funded project to do with the literary journalism of Emily Hahn, a prolific American writer who lived in China and Hong Kong during the 1930s and 40s. In his doctoral research, he examined travel writing and literary engagements with China during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century but since then has complemented this interest by exploring the pedagogical value of reading/writing travel texts and the aims and affordances of teaching and researching popular literature (including middlebrow texts, comics, and literary journalism).

He is currently the course coordinator for GE2408: Travel Writing: Discovery and Experience and EN2718: Popular Literature and Culture.

Research Grant

  • China Up-Close: Emily Hahn’s Literary Journalism, General Research Fund, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, 2016 - 2019, Jeffrey Mather.

Publication Show All Publications Show Prominent Publications


  • Mather, Jeffrey. (2017). Captivating Readers: Middlebrow Aesthetics and James Hilton’s Lost Horizon. CEA Critic. 79.2. 231 - 243.
  • Mather, Jeffrey. (2017). Hong Kong Comics: Reading the Local, Writing the City. Wasafiri: International Contemporary Writing. 32.3. 79 - 86.
  • Mather, Jeffrey. (2016). Ethnography and Poetic Method: Southwest China, Joseph Rock, and Ezra Pound's "Drafts & Fragments: Cantos CX-CXVII". Neohelicon - Acta Comparationis Litterarum Universarum. 43.2. 501 - 514.
  • Mather, Jeffrey. (2016). Perspectives on Palestine: Architecture and Narrative in Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza. ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature. 47.4. 175 - 186.
  • Mather, Jeffrey. (2016). Propaganda and Memory in Li Kunwu and Philippe Ôtié’s 'A Chinese Life'. Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies. 42:1. 99 - 118.
  • Mather, Jeffrey. (2014). Laughter and the Cosmopolitan Aesthetic in Lao She's Mr. Ma and Son. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture. 16.1.
  • Mather, Jeffrey. (2014). Response to Gary Okihiro, "Of Space/Time and the Pineapple.". Atlantic Studies: Global Currents. 11:1. 103 - 105.
  • Mather, Jeffrey. (2014). Stopping to Read the Flowers in Virginia Woolf's "Kew Gardens.". The Explicator. 72:2. 80 - 83.
  • Mather, Jeffrey. (2011). "Lao She". The Literary Encyclopedia.
  • Mather, Jeffrey. (2010). Botanising in a Sinocentric world: Robert Fortune's travels in China. Studies in Travel Writing. 14/3. 257 - 270.
  • Mather, Jeffrey. (2009). Camping with the Divine Jane: Jane Austen and Reginald Farrer's China. Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing. 10/2. 45 - 64.

Book Chapter

  • Mather, Jeffrey. (2015). Watching/Reading: Graphic Narratives and University Writing. Creativity and Discovery in the University Writing Class: A Teacher's Guide. (pp. 277 - 296). Sheffield. Equinox Publishing Ltd.
  • Mather, Jeffrey. (2009). Ma Jian's "Red Dust": a Global China and the Travelling Self. Rerouting the Postcolonial: New Directions for the New Millennium. (pp. 139 - 150). Edited by Janet Wilson, Cristina Sandru, and Sarah Lawson Welsh. New York. Routledge.

Last update date : 03 Sep 2017