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Tinakori: Critical Journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society, Issue 4

Editors: Kym Brindle and Karen D’Souza

‘But this is all a dream you see. I want to come home – to come home’ – Letter from Mansfield to Murry [18 March 1918]

Home figures as an ambivalent construct in the writing of Katherine Mansfield. This special issue of Tinakori looks to explore issues of space and belonging in Mansfield’s work. We seek proposals exploring the ways in which aspects of identity in Mansfield’s work are articulated by engagement with both material and emotive notions of home. What is the significance of home and conversely homelessness for Mansfield’s creative imagination? Rosemary Marangoly George stresses that ‘fictionality is an intrinsic attribute of home’, suggesting that ‘home is also the imagined location that can be more readily fixed in a mental landscape than in actual geography’. This issue will focus on intersections between desires for home and the social reality and implications and consequences for domestic space for both men and women. In what ways do Mansfield’s stories contextualize debates about issues of identity and space and place? What impact do representations of home have for characters (and readers) in the quest for meaning? Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Place and space
  • Exile and homelessness
  • Travel and home
  • Nostalgia for home
  • Memories of home
  • Imagined homes
  • Thresholds
  • Family and home
  • Mourning and trauma
  • Domesticity: pleasures and unhappiness
  • Privacy
  • Architecture
  • Furnishings and ornament

Please e-mail abstracts of 500 words to and by 12 July 2019. Completed essays of 5,000 -6,000 words (including endnotes) in MHRA format due 1 November 2019.

Tinakori: Critical Journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society is an official online series, recognised by the British Library and with its own ISSN number: ISSN 2514-6106. All essays submitted will be double peer-reviewed prior to acceptance.


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

Katherine Mansfield Studies, Volume 12 (Edinburgh UP)

The Peer-Reviewed Yearbook of the Katherine Mansfield Society 

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
  • 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 by 31 August 2019

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:

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


Special Issue of Feminist Modernist Studies on Ecology

Completed essays due: 1 September 2019

We are interested in the following:

1) Short essays on new approaches to the intersections between ecology and  feminism/gender/sexuality/women’s writing in modernism and modernity.  Approaches open. 4,000 word limit.

2) Original essays on any topic treating the intersection between ecology and  feminism/gender/sexuality/ women’s writing in modernism and modernity. Approaches open. 9,000 word limit.

Suggested topics:

  • The Anthropocene, eco-disaster, waste
  • WWI, WWII, the Cold War, industry, technology
  • Geology, biology, cosmology,  the oceanic, cross-kingdom naturalism, elemental circulations, (eco) planeterity, animal studies
  • New (eco) forms in literature, art, culture; the “en dehors garde” (forms outside the mainstream modernist avant-garde)
  • The ecological as a Politics
  • Queer, trans, lesbian, bisexual, gay
  • Global writers, globalism, transnationalism, postcolonialism
  • Issues of race, class, ethnicity

Send enquiries to the Editor, Cassandra Laity: