Birthday Lecture 2019

We’re delighted to announce that Emeritus Professor Angela Smith will be delivering our annual birthday lecture for 2019, to be held at the Senate House in Bloomsbury, London on Saturday 12 October at 2pm. Professor Smith delivered our very first lecture in 2009 on the theme of KM and Dickens, and it seems only fitting to come full circle and invite her again – as one of the world’s leading experts on KM – to present our tenth birthday lecture!

Saturday 12 October, 2pm

Room 246, Senate House, Malet St, London

Professor Emerita Angela Smith

University of Stirling

‘We are all sailors, bending over a great map’: Katherine Mansfield’s Travellers

Katherine Mansfield was a restless traveller, quickly discontented and planning the next journey as soon as she arrived at her destination. Focusing on stories and enigmatic journal entries about ships and trains, including ‘The Wind Blows’, ‘An Indiscreet Journey’ and ‘The Stranger’, I will explore Mansfield’s search for a form that maps the tireless hunt for the secret self and depicts the insecure liminal state of being in between countries, relationships, and possibilities. V. S. Pritchett wrote that ‘Mansfield liquefied the short story. She destroyed many of its formal conventions’, omitting explanations and cutting to a pivotal moment. I will show some paintings by Mansfield’s contemporary, the English Futurist painter C. R. W. Nevinson who also omitted an explanatory context in his work. I have no evidence that she knew his pictures but his radical formal experiments attempting to express simultaneity provide an intriguing comparison with her own avant-garde fiction.

The lecture will be chaired by KMS Patron, Professor Kirsty Gunn

Tickets will be on sale from 1 August 2019, on the IES website: