Essay Prize

The essay prize competion for 2017 will be announced in the New Year. 

The results of the seventh (2016) competition will be announced here shortly.



The Katherine Mansfield Society is delighted to announce that this year's prize for the best essay on the theme of 'Katherine Mansfield and Translation' has been awarded to Chris Mourant. The judges, Professor Maurizio Ascari  (Professor of English, University of Bologna), Dr Gerri Kimber (Senior Lecturer in English, University of Northampton) and Professor Claire Davison (Professor of Modernist Studies, University Sorbonne-Nouvelle - Paris III), chose the winner unanimously, from a wide choice of excellent entries.

Chair of the Judging Panel, Professor Claire Davison, explains the judges' decision: 'Chris Mourant's winning essay entitled "Parodic Translation: Katherine Mansfield and the 'Boris Petrovsky' pseudonym" explores the fascinating story behind Mansfield's intriguing nom-de-plume  for the series of poems she published in Rhythm in 1912. By removing the poems from what has become their more familiar place in collections of poems by Mansfield, and situating them in their original context in the little review, Chris Mourant reconstructs a fascinating account of what inspired and motivated them, and how they were intended to be read. The essay is clever, innovative and surprising from beginning to end,  confirming once again that Chris Mourant is not only a talented scholar but also a gifted literary detective, opening up perspectives on Mansfield's life and works that we never even knew existed'.

Chris Mourant is completing his PhD at King's College London, researching Katherine Mansfield and periodical culture. He is a co-founder of the Modernist Magazines Research Seminar at the Institute of English Studies, and a postgraduate representative of the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS). He will receive a prize of NZ$ 410 (£200), and his essay will appear in the annual book seriesKatherine Mansfield Studies (Volume 7), to be published in October 2015 by Edinburgh University Press (sent free to all members of the Society).