Complementary Cousins: Dr Maddison explores the writing of von Arnim and Mansfield

14 March 2016

Middlebrow and GenderDr Isobel Maddison, Vice-President of Lucy Cavendish College, part of the University of Cambridge has furthered her research on the work of Elizabeth von Arnim and Katherine Mansfield in Middlebrow and Gender 1890-1945.

Isobel’s article entitled: 'Constructing the Maternal in the writing of Elizabeth von Arnim and Katherine Mansfield' is one of twelve chapters in Middlebrow and Gender 1890-1945, edited by Christoph Ehland and Cornelia Wächter from the University of Paderborn, Germany.

The book explores the scope of ‘middlebrow’ media culture between 1890 and 1945, from household magazines to popular novels, and gives evidence of the relative proximity that existed between middlebrow writers and the avant-garde in their concern for gender issues.

As College Lecturer and Director of Studies for English at Lucy Cavendish, Isobel’s research interests include female modernism; the relationship between modernism and popular fiction; 19th and 20th Century Literature and the work of Dorothy Richardson, Katherine Mansfield, Jean Rhys and Elizabeth von Arnim.

Dr Maddison said: “I was delighted to be involved in this new exploration of the relationship between middlebrow media and gender. It was a fascinating opportunity to reflect further on the work of von Arnim and Mansfield.”

Find out more about Middlebrow and Gender 1890-1945.

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