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Name: Katie Louise Jones

PhD: English Literature

Thesis Title: Author, Reviewer and Translator: Katherine Mansfield's Place in Literary Culture


Thesis Description:

My thesis seeks to extend and revise current assessments of Katherine Mansfield's engagement with literary culture and the literary marketplace. Mansfield has historically received much less critical attention than her modernist contemporaries, but there has been a recent upsurge of interest in her work generated by the founding of the Katherine Mansfield Society (2008), the publication of its annual journal Katherine Mansfield Studies (2009-), and the ongoing publication of the Edinburgh University Press Edition of her writings (2012-2016). New research into the contexts of her writing has created critical interest in her engagements with literary and publishing culture (McDonnell 2010, Fernihough 2013). My project will capitalise on this renewed interest by offering the most comprehensive assessment to date of Mansfield's role as a professional author, editor, reviewer and translator.

The thesis will explore the dual nature of Mansfield's engagement with market forces - a key feature that has attracted attention in studies of other female modernist writers (Karl 2009, Dubino 2010). In approaching my topic I will draw upon influential monographs which provide models for reading modernist works in their original sites of publication (Rainey 1998, Bornstein 2001). My methodology will combine close attention to the compositional and publication histories of Mansfield's texts (employing Van Hulle's 'genetic criticism' approach to modernist texts, 2004) with an analysis of the works in their original sites of publication (drawing upon McGann's concept of 'bibliographic codes') to access their contemporary cultural and political meanings. I aim to enrich our understanding of Mansfield's identity as a professional author and her prominence as one of the key literary figures of her time.


Supervisors and Institution(s):

Andrew Harrison (University of Nottingham)

Professor Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)


Publications / Conferences (please include full details with page nos. or web links):




  • Conference: University of Nottingham - Postgraduate Research Symposium. Paper title: 'London, 1908-9: Katherine Mansfield's Early Engagement with the Literary Marketplace'.

  • Conference: Birkbeck, University of London - Katherine Mansfield: New Directions. Paper title: 'London, 1908-9: Katherine Mansfield's Early Engagement with the Literary Marketplace'.


  •  Publication: Katie L. Jones, 'Something Sensational and New': Katherine Mansfield's Engagement with the Literary Marketplace in London, 1908-09. In Aimee Gasston, Gerri Kimber and Janet Wilson (eds.) Katherine Mansfield: New Directions (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020). IN PRESS.

Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:


  •  Updating and editing the official webpage of the D. H. Lawrence Research Centre and its social media news feed (ongoing).
  •  Attended the 2017 Katherine Mansfield Society Postgraduate Conference, Oxford.

  •  Attended the 'Logic of the Archive' training workshop (run by M3C DTP) at the University of Birmingham.

  •  Research visit to the University of Cambridge to access several original issues of Australian magazine, The Native Companion (to which Mansfield contributed four fictional sketches in 1907).

  •  to  Research visit to the Huntington Library (Los Angeles, California) to explore Mansfield's early short stories, letter and scrapbooks (held in the Ahmanson Reading Room).


  •  Attended the 2017 Katherine Mansfield Society Birthday Lecture at the University of London. Title of lecture: 'The Yellow Macintosh: Sights, Sounds and Smells in the Fiction of Katherine Mansfield', by Professor David Trotter.

  •  Attended the 2018 Katherine Mansfield Society Postgraduate Conference, Cambridge.

  •  to  Research visit to the Alexander Turnbull Library (Wellington, New Zealand) to access original draft manuscripts of Katherine Mansfield's works, as well as her diaries, scrapbooks and letters. Funding provided by the Student Development Fund (SDF), the Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) and the University of Nottingham's Graduate School Travel Prize.

  •  Submitted a report of my research visit to the Alexander Turnbull Library for inclusion on the University of Nottingham's School of English website. Link to report:


Other Research Interests:

  • Modernism
  • Modernist 'little' magazines
  • Feminism
  • Nationalism


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