Katherine Mansfield and Elizabeth Von Arnim

deadline for submissions: 
August 31, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Katherine Mansfield Society

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR VOLUME 11 OF

Katherine Mansfield Studies

 

THE PEER-REVIEWED YEARBOOK OF THE KATHERINE MANSFIELD SOCIETY

KATHERINE MANSFIELD 
AND ELIZABETH VON ARNIM 

Guest Editor Isobel Maddison

Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge

 

Katherine Mansfield to Elizabeth von Arnim 1922:

‘I would like to write one story really good enough to offer you one day’;

‘please let all the pride be mine that you are my cousin’.

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Recent scholarship on the complex relationship between Katherine Mansfield and her best-selling author cousin, Elizabeth von Arnim, has done much to shed light on the familial, personal and literary connections between these unlikely friends. Although their lives appeared to be very different (Mansfield’s largely one of penurious poor health, von Arnim’s chiefly one of robust privilege), we know that each of these women experienced the other as an influential presence. Moreover, Mansfield's narrator in her early collection of short stories, In a German Pension (1911), bears marked resemblances with the protagonist of Elizabeth and her German Garden (1898), and von Arnim’s most radical novel, Vera (1921), was written at the height of her friendship with Mansfield. The final letter Mansfield ever wrote was to von Arnim and, following Mansfield's death in 1923, John Middleton Murry dedicated his posthumous collection of Mansfield’s poems as follows: ‘To Elizabeth of the German Garden who loved certain of these poems and their author’.

The relationship between these cousins was marked by personal affection, occasional tension, but primarily by a love for literary expression. For Volume 11 of Katherine Mansfield Studies, we invite comparative essays that explore aspects of the manifold relationship between these two writers and their works. 

Some possible (not exclusive) comparative topics might include:

Early Lives / Influences

Places, Spaces, Houses, Gardens

Music

The Natural World

Gender

Motherhood

Childhood

Sexuality, Loves, Marriages

Transnational Connections

Psychology

The Art of Appearing: Mask, Pose, Look, Gaze

The Great War

The Body / Ageing

Perspective, Genre, Form, Voice

Satire and Irony

Mutual friends, Acquaintances, Influences

KM and EvA in Translation

Letters, Diaries, Journals, Notebooks

Manuscripts and Archives

 

Please email submissions of 5000-6000 words, including endnotes, formatted in Word and in MHRA style*, 12 pt, Times New Roman, with an abstract and 50-word biography, to the editorial team at kms@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 submit them, accompanied by a brief (50 words) biography, to kms@katherinemansfieldsociety.org

Deadline for submissions: 31 August 2018