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Celebrating the centenary of the publication of Katherine Mansfield’s Bliss and Other Stories (1920)

Katherine Mansfield Studies, Volume 12 (Edinburgh UP)

The Peer-Reviewed Yearbook of the Katherine Mansfield Society 

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)

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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
  • Blissful: 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@katherinemansfieldsociety.org

PLEASE NOTE: All submissions will automatically be entered for the KMS Annual Essay Prize Competition unless the author indicates 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@katherinemansfieldsociety.org.