Yearbook: Katherine Mansfield Studies

 

(THE PEER-REVIEWED YEARBOOK OF THE KATHERINE MANSFIELD SOCIETY)

PUBLISHED BY EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS

EDITORS: Dr Gerri Kimber and Professor W. Todd Martin   

GENERAL EDITOR: Dr Delia da Sousa Correa      

Reviews Editor and Editorial Assistant: Dr Aimee Gasston

 

 




 

Click Here to access the Style Guide which should be referred to for all submissions.

Click Here to access the MHRA Style Guide which our own Style Guide refers to.

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR VOLUME 12 OF

Katherine Mansfield Studies


THE PEER-REVIEWED YEARBOOK OF THE KATHERINE MANSFIELD SOCIETY 

PUBLISHED BY EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS


celebrating the centenary of the publication of


Katherine Mansfield’s

Bliss and Other Stories (1920)


Editors

Gerri Kimber, University of Northampton, UK

 and Todd Martin, Huntington University, USA


Guest Editor

Enda Duffy 

Arnhold Chair, English Dept., University of California, Santa Barbara, USA


‘Do you believe that every place has its hour of the day when it really does come alive? […] There does seem to be a moment when you realize that, quite by accident, you happen to have come on to the stage at exactly the moment you were expected. Everything is arranged for you – waiting for you. Ah, master of the situation! You fill with important breath. And at the same time you smile, secretly, slyly, because Life seems to be opposed to granting you these entrances, seems indeed to be engaged in snatching them from you and making them impossible, keeping you in the wings….’  Katherine Mansfield, ‘Je ne parle pas Français,’ Bliss and Other Stories (1920)


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For Katherine Mansfield Studies Vol. 12 (which will be published in 2020), we invite essays that explore the formal, textual, cultural and contextual aspects of one of the greatest – and most innovative – short-story collections of global Anglophone modernism: Katherine Mansfield’s Bliss and Other Stories, first published in 1920. This volume of new critical essays is imagined as a centenary celebration, and a new reckoning with Mansfield’s originality and influence, after a century.  

ESSAYS WHICH ADDRESS ANY ASPECT OF ANY OF THE STORIES THAT FEATURE IN THE COLLECTION (SEE LIST AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE) WILL BE CONSIDERED.

Bliss and Other Stories is a creative interface in which the tropes that Balzac and Chekhov had set in texts about bourgeois modern life were put through the sieve of a wholly new consciousness and welter of styles: psychologised, from the viewpoint of a woman, late-bohemian, gender-bending, energised. This essay collection will meet Bliss face-on, aiming to see Mansfield’s radical modernisms anew.

     Some possible (not exclusive) topics:

  • The collection's pivotal place in (various) modernisms
  • Mansfield’s… futurism, surrealism, fauvism (or other modernist-isms)
  • Mansfield and the cultural politics of space
  • The place of the collection in Mansfield’s oeuvre
  • Composition, sources, genetic approaches 
  • New feminist modernisms and the value of the collection
  • Gender, genre, form, experiment – new approaches
  • The modernist short story retheorised
  • The ecocritical Mansfield of the collection
  • The collection, TB, and the medical modernisms
  • Recasting New Zealand in the text
  • The collection's queer textualities
  • Mansfield’s coterie modernism and the story collection
  • Comparisons to other modernist short story collections, from Dubliners to …
  • Transnationalities in the collection
  • The collection and new materialities
  • Manuscripts and archives
  • Blissful: Mansfield’s humour

Please email submissions of 5000-6000 words, including endnotes, formatted in Word and in MHRA style, 12 pt, Times New Roman, double line-spaced, with a 100-200 word abstract + 5 keywords & 50-word biography, to the editorial team at kms@katherinemansfieldsociety.org


PLEASE NOTE: ALL SUBMISSIONS WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ENTERED FOR OUR ANNUAL ESSAY PRIZE COMPETITION UNLESS AUTHORS INDICATE OTHERWISE.

Creative Writing

We welcome creative submissions – poetry, short stories, creative essays, on the general theme of Katherine Mansfield. Please send submissions, accompanied by a brief (50 words) biography, to kms@katherinemansfieldsociety.org

Download CFP PDF


The stories which first featured in Bliss and Other Stories are as follows:

Prelude
Je ne parle pas français
Bliss
The Wind Blows
Psychology
Pictures
The Man Without a Temperament
Mr Reginald Peacock's Day
Sun and Moon
Feuille d'Album
A Dill Pickle
The Little Governess
Revelations
The Escape



The yearbook is available for purchase through the KMS Shop


Previous volumes available to purchase now in our online shop