News: Katherine Mansfield Studies and Essay Prize

The Katherine Mansfield Society has two calls for submissions open.

The first is for volume nine of Katherine Mansfield Studies, on the topic of Katherine Mansfield and Russia.

The second is for the 2016 Essay Prize on the same topic.

Submissions for both close on the 31st of August, 2016.

Call for submissions: special issue on “Katherine Mansfield and Russia”

Katherine Mansfield’s passion for Russian literature and culture is well known. Anton Chekhov was not just her most significant literary influence, he was a mythological presence with whom she felt a close bond. Indeed, this emotional bond became even stronger when she discovered the two of them shared not just similar artistic sensibilities but also the same deadly disease – tuberculosis. While Chekhov reigned supreme in Mansfield’s world, several other Russian writers, and Russia in general, fascinated her for most of her adult life. This volume seeks essay submissions that engage with all aspects of Mansfield’s response to Russian literature, culture and history, as well as to the Russians she met in England and France.

Submissions of between 5000–6000 words (inclusive of endnotes), in Word format and using MHRA style, should be emailed to the Guest Editor for this volume, Professor Galya Diment, accompanied by a 50 word biography: kms@katherinemansfieldsociety.org

Call for submissions for the 2016 Essay Prize

The Katherine Mansfield Society is pleased to announce its annual essay prize competition for 2016, open to all, on the subject of Katherine Mansfield and Russia.

The winner will receive a cash prize of £200 and the winning essay will be considered for publication in Katherine Mansfield Studies (the peer-reviewed yearbook of the Katherine Mansfield Society, published by Edinburgh University Press)

The distinguished panel of judges will comprise:

Professor Galya Diment, University of Washington, Seattle, US, Chair of the Judging Panel

Dr Rebecca Beasley, University of Oxford, UK

Dr Joanna Woods, Author of Katerina: The Russian World of Katherine Mansfield

Professor Claire Davison, Sorbonne Nouvelle, France

Submissions of between 5000–6000 words (inclusive of endnotes), in Word format and using MHRA style formatting, should be emailed to the Guest Editor for this volume, Professor Galya Diment, accompanied by a 50 word biography: kms@katherinemansfieldsociety.org

Possible topics for both include:

• KM and Russian Literature
• KM and Chekhov
• Translating with Koteliansky
• KM and Tolstoy
• KM, Gurdjieff and his Institute
• The Hogarth Press and Russia
• KM and Marie Bashkirtseff
• KM and Dostoevsky
• KM and Constance Garnett
• KM and the Russian Revolution of 1917
• KM and Russian Ballet and/or Theatre

More information is available on the Katherine Mansfield Society website.