Essay Prize

The essay prize competion for 2017 will be announced in the New Year. 




The Katherine Mansfield Society is delighted to announce that this year's £200 essay prize, on the theme of ‘Katherine Mansfield and Russia’, has been awarded to Professor David Rampton. The judges who came to this decision, having evaluated a strong group of excellent entries, were: Dr Rebecca Beasley (The Queen’s College, University of Oxford), Professor Claire Davison (Sorbonne Nouvelle), and Dr Joanna Woods (author of Katerina: The Russian World of Katherine Mansfield).

Chair of the Judging Panel, Professor Galya Diment (University of Washington, Seattle), commented, summarizing the panel’s reactions: ‘David Rampton’s essay, “Underground Men” sheds new light on a much discussed short story, “Je ne parle pas français” and Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground. It goes beyond any existing criticism and is particularly interesting at its moments of close analysis, which are always convincing – and appealingly open – rather than just stating or interpreting. Such reading reveals some of the more shady spaces of this well-known Mansfield story. The essay is original, nuanced, beautifully written, and fully worthy of the prize.’ The essay will be published next year in Katherine Mansfield and Russia, volume 9 of Katherine Mansfield Studies, the annual yearbook of the Katherine Mansfield Society, published by Edinburgh University Press.

David Rampton is Professor of English at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He served as Chair of the Department of English from 2002-2007. A specialist in American and Comparative Literature, his publications include studies of the work of Vladimir Nabokov and William Faulkner. He has edited a number of anthologies, including The Government Inspector and Other Works (2014) and Notes From Underground and Other Stories (2015).