[Msa-discuss] Katherine Mansfield Conference in Limerick, Ireland, including KMS Annual Postgraduate Conference, 21-22 November 2014

Gerri Kimber gerri at thekimbers.co.uk
Sat Mar 1 03:18:44 EST 2014

Katherine Mansfield in the Short Story Tradition

International Conference organised by The University of Limerick in
conjunction with the Katherine Mansfield Society


Katherine Mansfield Society Annual Postgraduate Day
21-22 November 2014
Guest Speakers: Gerri Kimber, Claire Davison-Pégon and
 Heather Ingman
Katherine Mansfield is widely regarded as one of the most influential short
story writers of the twentieth century: her experiments with subject matter,
style, theme, setting, handling of subjectivity, and point of view have had
a lasting impact on the genre.  Like her contemporary James Joyce, Mansfield
simplified plot to highlight a moment of revelation, thereby approaching, in
Willa Cather¹s words, ³the major forces of life through comparatively
trivial incidents.²  A passionate reader and translator of Chekhov, an
accomplished musician, a sometime-actress and impersonator with a deep
interest in cinema, and a friend and associate of numerous painters and
writers, Mansfield brought to the short story form a wide-ranging engagement
with the aesthetic movements of her time.  As the ³little colonial walking
in the London garden patch,² moreover, Mansfield exemplifies Edward Said¹s
contention that ³Modern Western culture is in large part the work of exiles,
émigrés, refugees.²
We invite proposals for this two-day international conference.  The first
day of the conference will feature postgraduate scholarship; the second day
of the conference is open to all Mansfield scholars. Proposals should
address the multiple ways in which Mansfield engaged with and contributed to
the short story form. Topics include but are not limited to the following:

* Mansfield and her contemporaries (Joyce, Woolf, Lawrence, Rhys)
* Mansfield and the modernist short story
* Mansfield and Chekhov
* Mansfield and women writers of the short story
* Mansfield and New Zealand
* Mansfield and the little magazines
* Mansfield¹s use of other media (e.g. music, cinema, painting)
* Mansfield and narrative theory
* Mansfield and exilic subjectivity
* Thematic innovations (domesticity; home; food; marriage)
* Mansfield and urban geographies; the flaneuse; travel
Please submit abstracts of 250 words plus a bio-sketch of 50 words to the
organisers: kmintheshortstorytradition at gmail.com
Deadline for abstracts: August 31st 2014

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