Call for Papers
Katherine Mansfield and Antipodean Modernism
The Katherine Mansfield Society Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Conference, held in conjunction with the Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia
29 January 2015
University of New South Wales
Keynote Speaker: Emeritus Professor Angela Smith (Stirling)
When Wyndham Lewis described Katherine Mansfield as ‘the famous New Zealand Mag.-story writer’
in September 1922, it was not meant as a compliment. Yet this disparaging remark gives a hint as to
what makes her such a fascinating figure today. In the context of the recent scholarly extension of
modernism’s borders in terms of geography, gender, class, and time, as well as such diverse new
interests as the roles of literary networks, periodicals, and popular and material cultures, Mansfield is
more important than ever.
These developments encourage new approaches to Katherine Mansfield, new ways of reading her not
only as a short-story writer but as also an editor, a literary critic, a translator, and a poet. Recent
criticism has also turned to considering Mansfield as a transnational modernist, whose antipodean
origin influenced and affected her even after she emigrated to Europe, and whose legacy continues to
inspire succeeding generations of writers and artists in New Zealand and beyond.
This, the third annual Katherine Mansfield Society postgraduate and early career researcher conference,
aims to explore the place of this complex literary figure in terms of both modernist and antipodean
writing: the ways that she and her works have crossed national, professional, and linguistic boundaries.
Proposals are invited, on these topics or any other topic related to Mansfield, from postgraduate
students and early career researchers. Please submit abstracts of 250 words with a brief biography of 50
words to firstname.lastname@example.org by 29 September 2014.