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Review: Reading Saki


Brian Gibson, Reading Saki: The Fiction of H.H. Munro (McFarland & Company Inc., 2014)

Hector Hugh Munro, best known by his pen-name ‘Saki’, was a true “Edwardian” writer, with a literary career which spanned the period from late 1890s until his death on the Front in 1916. He was born in Burma, raised in England, and travelled throughout Europe with his family to improve his education; not an especially irregular upbringing for middle-class children during the days of the Empire. Munro’s works encapsulate the lingering nostalgic Victorian notions of Empire, not only in terms of the exotic appeal and the yet cultural un-attainability of the colonies, but also of European rivals, particularly the Russian Empire (which projected, for him, a glorious image of Romance and chivalry). He is known predominantly for short satirical stories, offering deliciously scathing commentaries and dark sketches on the superficiality he perceived in the society of his time. Continue reading

CFP: Arnold Bennett’s Short Stories

'The Business Man of Letters', Arnold Bennett in Vanity Fair, 1913

‘The Business Man of Letters’, Arnold Bennett in Vanity Fair, 1913

Edwardian scholars may be interested in the following CFP:

‘Death, Fire, Life’ – Arnold Bennett’s Short Stories

11th International Conference of the Arnold Bennett Society
to be held on 7th June 2014
at The North Staffs Conference Centre, Hartshill, Newcastle, Staffordshire

At our Seminar in October Martin Laux drew our attention to the many Bennett stories still uncollected, one of which, published in Woman in 1926, bore the dramatic title above. The theme of the Conference in the Society’s 60th Anniversary year will be AB’s short stories both collected and not. The variety of material is so wide that there is much scope for papers looking at the stories from literary, historical, sociological and other viewpoints. Please send your proposals for 20 minute papers in the form of 200 word abstracts to Morag Jones (moragjjones@gmail.com) by 1st February 2014.

CFP: Katherine Mansfield and her Circle


Katherine Mansfield and her Circle

23 November 2013 at Birkbeck, University of London

Katherine Mansfield’s first collection of stories, In a German Pension, was published in 1911. Hosted by the Katherine Mansfield Society, in association with Birkbeck University of London, this exciting one-day international symposium, the first of its kind, will bring together emerging modernist scholars to present and discuss new research relating to both Mansfield and her contemporaries. We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker for the day will be Dr Andrew Harrison, Director of the D. H. Lawrence Research Centre, University of Nottingham.

Proposals for 15-minute papers are invited from postgraduates. Directions might include Continue reading