Katherine Mansfield, the 'Underworld' and the 'Blooms Berries'

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Writing and Literary Studies, School of Media and Communications, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia


A Symposium Hosted by
Writing and Literary Studies
School of Media and Communication
RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

4-5 JUNE 2010

Convenors: Dr Sarah Ailwood (University of Canberra) and Dr Melinda Harvey (RMIT University)

There has been a surge of critical interest in Katherine Mansfield - seen in the founding of the Katherine Mansfield Society, the publication of the new journal Katherine Mansfield Studies by Edinburgh University Press, and the recent conferences on Katherine Mansfield held at Birkbeck College, University of London in 2008 and Menton, France in 2009.

This symposium provides an opportunity for scholars in Australia and New Zealand to share in this renaissance in Melbourne, recently named the world's second UNESCO City of Literature.

We are interested in papers on all aspects of Katherine Mansfield's life, work and times. More broadly, we are interested in papers that give consideration to her friends and associates (dubbed the 'underworld' by Virginia Woolf) as well as her enemies and rivals (the 'Blooms Berries', Mansfield called them in a letter to Ottoline Morrell from 1917). We are also interested in papers that ponder her literary forbears and inheritors.

In short, papers that address Mansfield in relation to her contemporaries, predecessors and progeny are particularly welcome, but papers that shed any light on her milieu, methods, reception or place in literary canons and literary histories (Modernism, New Zealand literature, feminist literature, postcolonial literature, and so on) are also very welcome.

Abstracts of 300 words and a brief bio of 30 words should be submitted to Dr Sarah Ailwood (Sarah.Ailwood@canberra.edu.au) and Dr Melinda Harvey (melinda.j.harvey@rmit.edu.au) by MONDAY 2 MARCH 2010.