[Msa-discuss] Call for Essays: Katherine Mansfield Studies, Vol 13, on the theme of Katherine Mansfield and Children

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Please find attached and below details of the Call for Essays for vol. 13
of Katherine Mansfield Studies, the yearbook of the Katherine Mansfield
Society, published by Edinburgh University Press, together with details of
the associated essay prize for 2020. This year’s theme is Katherine
Mansfield and Children, in all its possible contexts.

KATHERINE MANSFIELD AND CHILDREN

Editors
Gerri Kimber, University of Northampton, UK
and
Todd Martin, Huntington University, USA


Virginia Woolf once remarked that Katherine Mansfield had ‘a kind of
childlikeness somewhere which has been much disfigured, but still exists’.
This ‘childlikeness’ is indeed a facet of Mansfield’s personality which
permeates every aspect of her personal and creative life. It is present in
her mature fiction, where some of her most well-known and accomplished
stories, such as ‘Prelude’ and ‘At the Bay’, have children as protagonists;
it is present in her early poetry, which includes a collection of poems for
children intended for publication; it is also present in her juvenilia,
where many of the stories she wrote from an early age for school magazines
and other publications, feature children. As Tracy Miao notes of her mature
fiction, ‘in Mansfield’s modelling of her child artists […] there is more
than a simple “childlikeness” […] but a serious thought process on art and
the artist’.

Even as an adult, Mansfield’s love of the miniature, her delight in
children in general, her fascination with dolls, all feature in her
personal writing. Her relationship with John Middleton Murry was
characterised by their mutual descriptions of themselves as little children
fighting against a corrupt world. Alluding to their innocence, Mansfield
once wrote to Murry: ‘My grown up self sees us like two little children who
have been turned out into the garden’. Years later, speaking of Murry’s
writing, she notes, ‘Take care of yourself – my beloved child with all
these wild men about throwing stones and striking’.

Essays which address any aspect of the concept of Mansfield and children
will be considered for this volume. Subjects might include (but are not
limited to):

• Children in Mansfield’s fiction
• Children in Mansfield’s poetry
• Mansfield’s juvenilia – poetry and /or prose
• Mansfield’s early years
• The ‘childlike’ relationship between Mansfield and Murry
• Mansfield’s pregnancies
• Mansfield’s love of the miniature
• Mansfield and dolls
• The childlike in Mansfield’s personal writing
• Mansfield’s ‘innocent eye’ (John Ruskin)

Please email submissions of c.6000 words, including endnotes, formatted in
Word and in MHRA style*, 12 pt. Times New Roman, double line-spaced, with a
100-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 of poetry, short stories, and creative
essays on the general theme of Katherine Mansfield. Please send submissions
for consideration, accompanied by a brief (50 words) biography, to
kms at katherinemansfieldsociety.org.

*DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 31 AUGUST 2020*
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