[Msa-discuss] Call for Papers - Volume 12, Katherine Mansfield Studies: Centenary of Bliss and Other Stories

KMS Account kms at katherinemansfieldsociety.org
Sun Jan 20 06:12:55 EST 2019


With apologies for cross-posting – please see details below and attached of
the call for papers for the next volume of KM Studies, to be published in
2020, and which will celebrate the centenary of the publication of *Bliss
and Other Stories*.


*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)

*******

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.

*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:
·      *Bliss*’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 *Bliss* in Mansfield’s *oeuvre*
·      Composition, sources, genetic approaches
·      New feminist modernisms and the value of *Bliss*
·      Gender, genre, form, experiment – new approaches
·      The modernist short story retheorised
·      The ecocritical Mansfield of *Bliss*
·      *Bliss*, TB, and the medical modernisms
·      Recasting New Zealand in the text
·      *Bliss’s *queer textualities
·      Mansfield’s coterie modernism and the story collection
·      Comparisons to other modernist short story collections, from
*Dubliners* to …
·      Transnationalities in *Bliss*
·      *Bliss* and new materialities
·      Manuscripts and archives
·      *Bliss*ful: 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 at katherinemansfieldsociety.org

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

*An *MHRA Style Guide* is available on the Katherine Mansfield Society
website:
http://www.katherinemansfieldsociety.org/yearbook-katherine-mansfield-studies/


*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 at katherinemansfieldsociety.org.
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