[Msa-discuss] SIXTH KATHERINE MANSFIELD SOCIETY ANNUAL ESSAY COMPETITION ­ WINNER ANNOUNCED

Gerri Kimber gerri at thekimbers.co.uk
Wed Oct 8 17:05:08 EDT 2014


SIXTH KATHERINE MANSFIELD SOCIETY ANNUAL ESSAY COMPETITION ­ WINNER
ANNOUNCED
 
The Katherine Mansfield Society is delighted to announce that this year¹s
prize for the best essay on the theme of ŒKatherine Mansfield and
Translation¹ has been awarded to Chris Mourant. The judges, Professor
Maurizio Ascari  (Professor of English, University of Bologna), Dr Gerri
Kimber (Senior Lecturer in English, University of Northampton) and Professor
Claire Davison (Professor of Modernist Studies, University Sorbonne-Nouvelle
­ Paris III), chose the winner unanimously, from a wide choice of excellent
entries.

 

Chair of the Judging Panel, Professor Claire Davison, explains the judges¹
decision: 'Chris Mourant¹s winning essay entitled "Parodic Translation:
Katherine Mansfield and the 'Boris Petrovsky¹ pseudonym" explores the
fascinating story behind Mansfield¹s intriguing nom-de-plume  for the series
of poems she published in Rhythm in 1912. By removing the poems from what
has become their more familiar place in collections of poems by Mansfield,
and situating them in their original context in the little review, Chris
Mourant reconstructs a fascinating account of what inspired and motivated
them, and how they were intended to be read. The essay is clever, innovative
and surprising from beginning to end,  confirming once again that Chris
Mourant is not only a talented scholar but also a gifted literary detective,
opening up perspectives on Mansfield¹s life and works that we never even
knew existed'.

Chris Mourant is completing his PhD at King¹s College London, researching
Katherine Mansfield and periodical culture. He is a co-founder of the
Modernist Magazines Research Seminar at the Institute of English Studies,
and a postgraduate representative of the British Association for Modernist
Studies (BAMS). He will receive a prize of NZ$ 410 (£200), and his essay
will appear in the annual book series Katherine Mansfield Studies (Volume
7), to be published in October 2015 by Edinburgh University Press (sent free
to all members of the Society).

Chris will be awarded his prize at the KMS¹s annual birthday lecture, to be
held in London on Sunday 12 October. The speaker this year is Professor
Laura Marcus, University of Oxford.  A handful of tickets are still
available: http://www.katherinemansfieldsociety.org/birthday-lecture-2014/





 


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