Shaping Modernism: Katherine Mansfield and her Contemporaries
A two-day Conference in association with the Katherine Mansfield Society
25-26 March 2011
Faculty of English, University of Cambridge UK
I was only thinking last night people have hardly begun to write yet. Put poetry out of it for a moment & leave out Shakespeare – now I mean prose. Take the very best of it. Aren’t they still cutting up sections rather than tackling the whole of a mind? (Katherine Mansfield, 1921)
This conference explores new research concerning notions of modernism(s), with a particular focus on Katherine Mansfield. Mansfield was hugely influential on, and influenced by, writers including John Middleton Murry, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, A. R. Orage, T. S. Eliot and Aldous Huxley. Woolf’s statement that Mansfield created ‘the only writing I have ever been jealous of’, highlights her significance within modernism and emphasises that her complex, experimental, satirical and humorous writing deserves further attention.
Proposals for papers are invited on topics that address Mansfield’s relation to other writers and artists, as well as the broader lines of influence and exchange within modernist networks and between different disciplines. We particularly welcome papers specifically concerning Mansfield, but are happy to consider submissions from researchers working in related fields of modernist study. Submissions from postgraduate students are encouraged.
Papers are invited on topics that address, but are not limited to:
Mansfield and ‘high modernism’
Rhythm and modernist magazines
Modernist literary form: tradition, innovation and experimentation
Modernism and the short story
The influence of the First World War on modernism
Notions of avant-garde and marginal modernisms
Modernist literature and music
Modernism, politics and social class
Mansfield and cinema
Mansfield and queer modernisms
Notions of the modernist canon and its revisions
Expatriate, displaced and colonial modernisms
Professor Laura Marcus is confirmed as a keynote speaker, and will be discussing Mansfield and cinema. The author Ali Smith will be presenting a 'discursive short story'. Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Patron of the Katherine Mansfield Society, will be giving our post-dinner talk, following dinner in Newnham College.
Abstracts of 250 words plus a brief 50-word biography should be submitted to the conference organisers Alice Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Kate Kennedy (email@example.com) by 20 September 2010.
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