[Msa-discuss] CFP - Katherine Mansfield: Inspirations and Influences, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland 5–7 July 2019

KMS Account kms at katherinemansfieldsociety.org
Tue Jan 8 09:38:47 EST 2019

REMINDER and apologies for cross-posting.

Please see CFP attached and below for the Katherine Mansfield Society’s
next international conference, which will be held in Krakow, Poland, 5-7
July 2019, hosted by the Institute of English Studies at the prestigious
Jagiellonian University, Krakow. Also attached is our conference poster,
designed by KMS postgraduate representative, Joe Shaughnessy, University of

Katherine Mansfield:

Inspirations and Influences

Jagiellonian University,

Krakow, Poland

5–7 July 2019

An international conference organised by the

Katherine Mansfield Society

Hosted by the Institute of English Studies,

Jagiellonian University, Krakow

Supported by Catholic University in Ružomberok, Slovakia

Trnava University, Slovakia

 The New Zealand Embassy, Warsaw

and the University of Northampton, UK


Professor Kirsty Gunn

University of Dundee, UK


This international conference celebrates the diversity of influences which
inspired acclaimed New Zealand modernist short story writer, Katherine
Mansfield (1888-1923).

>From her upbringing in Wellington, New Zealand, her schooling in London,
and her return to Europe at the age of nineteen to begin her career as a
writer, Mansfield’s short life was inevitably influenced by the people she
met, the many places she visited or lived in, paintings she saw, music she
played or listened to, trends in literature and the books she read, and the
burgeoning film industry which she experienced both as an actor and an
eager spectator. For example, the French Decadent and Symbolist movements
would both have a lasting influence on Mansfield’s fiction. Indeed, echoes
of, for example, the French symbolists, Walter Pater, Oscar Wilde and the
Decadents, are to be found in much of her prose writing. As Sydney Janet
Kaplan argues,

Pater and Symons provided techniques that Mansfield would use later to
uncover, at its deepest level, the culturally determined condition of
women. By importing symbolist devices into realistic fiction, Mansfield
exemplifies how the malebonded nineteenth-century aesthetes became absorbed
into the twentieth-century feminist consciousness.

Most modern critics agree that Mansfield’s own unique form of Modernism was
not so much derivative of other contemporary writers but was rather a
product of her symbiosis of late-nineteenth-century techniques and themes,
as outlined above, for the most part introduced through her reading of
Symons when her tastes and preferences started to take shape and she began,
with the Symbolists and the Decadents as her dominant influences, to write
the sort of fiction which was committed to the possibilities of narrative

In the years following her death, Mansfield herself would become an
inspiration for – and influence on – other writers, including Elizabeth
Bowen, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, as well as the Patron of the Katherine
Mansfield Society, author Professor Kirsty Gunn. Indeed, one of Mansfield’s
early biographers, Ian Gordon, writes, ‘She had the same kind of direct
influence on the art of the short story as Joyce had on the novel. After
Joyce and Katherine Mansfield neither the novel nor the short story can
ever be quite the same again’.

Suggested topics for papers might include (but are not limited to):

·      KM and New Zealand

·      KM and Russia

·      KM and France

·      KM and Poland

·      KM and Bavaria

·      KM and Switzerland

·      KM and Symbolism

·      KM and the fin-de-siècle

·      KM and A. R. Orage

·      KM and her contemporaries

·      KM and World War 1

·      KM and modernity/the modern

·      KM and her literary legacy

·      KM and music

·      KM and film

·      KM and fine arts

Abstracts of 200 words, together with a bio-sketch,

 should be sent to the conference organisers:

 Dr Janka Kascakova, Catholic University in Ružomberok, Slovakia

Dr Gerri Kimber, University of Northampton, UK

Dr Władysław Witalisz, Institute of English Studies, Jagiellonian
University, Krakow

 at kms at katherinemansfieldsociety.org

Submission deadline:  1 February 2019.
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