Celebrated short story writer Katherine Mansfield has generally been relegated to the fringe of literary modernism, especially among the influential Bloomsbury Group, who referred to her as the “little colonial.” Katherine Mansfield and the “Blooms-berries” displays a selection of Mansfield’s letters and notebooks which provide a context for better understanding her fiction and which reveal her complexity as both an individual and writer. This mini-exhibition complements the other exhibition in the East Gallery, commemorating the Newberry career of James M. Wells, who acquired the Mansfield materials for the library.
Sponsored by Huntington University, Katherine Mansfield and the “Blooms-berries” coincides with an academic conference of the same title hosted by the Katherine Mansfield Society at the Newberry May 28-30, 2015. International in scope, the conference explores her literary and personal relationships with members of the Bloomsbury Group, especially Virginia Woolf. The keynote address will be given by Sydney Janet Kaplan, author of Katherine Mansfield and the Origins of Modernist Fiction (1991) and Circulating Genius: John Middleton Murry, Katherine Mansfield, and D. H. Lawrence (2010).
Free and open to the public.