Deadline Extended: Katherine Mansfield in the Short Story Tradition

PLEASE NOTE DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 30 SEPTEMBER. POSTGRADUATES PRESENTING A PAPER WILL HAVE ONE NIGHT’S ACCOMMODATION (APPROX 30 EUROS) FUNDED BY THE KMS.
Katherine Mansfield in the Short Story Tradition

International Conference organised by The University of Limerick in conjunction with the Katherine Mansfield Society

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Katherine Mansfield Society Annual Postgraduate Day

21-22 November 2014

Guest Speakers:

Gerri Kimber, Claire Davison-Pégon and

 Heather Ingman

Katherine Mansfield is widely regarded as one of the most influential short story writers of the twentieth century: her experiments with subject matter, style, theme, setting, handling of subjectivity, and point of view have had a lasting impact on the genre.  Like her contemporary James Joyce, Mansfield simplified plot to highlight a moment of revelation, thereby approaching, in Willa Cather’s words, “the major forces of life through comparatively trivial incidents.”  A passionate reader and translator of Chekhov, an accomplished musician, a sometime-actress and impersonator with a deep interest in cinema, and a friend and associate of numerous painters and writers, Mansfield brought to the short story form a wide-ranging engagement with the aesthetic movements of her time.  As the “little colonial walking in the London garden patch,” moreover, Mansfield exemplifies Edward Said’s contention that “Modern Western culture is in large part the work of exiles, émigrés, refugees.”

We invite proposals for this two-day international conference.  The first day of the conference will feature postgraduate scholarship; the second day of the conference is open to all Mansfield scholars. Proposals should address the multiple ways in which Mansfield engaged with and contributed to the short story form. Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Mansfield and her contemporaries (Joyce, Woolf, Lawrence, Rhys)
  • Mansfield and the modernist short story
  • Mansfield and Chekhov
  • Mansfield and women writers of the short story
  • Mansfield and New Zealand
  • Mansfield and the little magazines
  • Mansfield’s use of other media (e.g. music, cinema, painting)
  • Mansfield and narrative theory
  • Mansfield and exilic subjectivity
  • Thematic innovations (domesticity; home; food; marriage)
  • Mansfield and urban geographies; the flaneuse; travel

Please submit abstracts of 250 words plus a bio-sketch of 50 words to the conference

organisers: kmintheshortstorytradition@gmail.com

Deadline for abstracts: 30 SEPTEMBER 2014