Birthday Lecture 2018

Saturday 13 October 2pm

Institute of English Studies
Room 243, Senate House, University of London  

We are delighted to announce that Professor Steven Matthews, University of Reading, will deliver a lecture entitled
 ‘Nearer than anyone else’: Katherine Mansfield, D.H. Lawrence, and the ‘modern’ short story


A word frequently and understandably used to describe, and to praise, Katherine Mansfield’s writing is ‘modern’. This lecture will discuss what is implied by ‘modern’ through reflection upon the various conversations between Mansfield and D.H. Lawrence, conversations which stretched from their first meeting in 1913 almost to the time of Mansfield’s death. Mansfield finalised the stories in her two major collections across this period; Lawrence the stories eventually collected in three volumes. The lecture will focus on the experiments with short story form and content which partly emerged from the close interchanges between these different, but mutually-admiring, writers in difficult times.

Tickets for the event can be purchased from the Institute of English Studies website


Price: £18 non-members / £15 KMS members, to include wine and nibbles after the lecture.


Copies of the lecture will be available to purchase on the day for a small charge.