Elizabeth von Arnim

View of the Swiss Alps from the terrace of the Chalet Soleil

Conference organisers

Dr Erica Brown is Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University. She leads the Readerships and Literary Cultures 1900-1950 project to read and research popular and middlebrow fiction published between 1900 and 1950. As well as organizing academic conferences, she runs public events and reading groups and particularly enjoys sharing Elizabeth von Arnim novels with new readers. Some reader’s reviews can be found on the 1900-1950 collection blog.

Erica is the author of Comedy and the Feminine Middlebrow Novel: Elizabeth von Arnim and Elizabeth Taylor (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013).

Dr Isobel Maddison is the College Lecturer, Director of Studies in English and Vice President at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. She has particular interests in female modernism, the connections between modernism and popular fiction and women’s writing of the First World War. She has published on Dorothy Richardson and Katherine Mansfield, and is the author of several articles on the work of Elizabeth von Arnim.

Isobel’s book, Elizabeth von Arnim: Beyond the German Garden was published in 2013.

Jennifer Walker is the author of Elizabeth of the German Garden – A Literary Journey (Sussex, Book Guild Publishing, 2013), a biography of Elizabeth von Arnim.  She has recently published articles on von Arnim in the Historic Gardens Review and The Journal of the H G Wells Society.  Her paper on von Arnim’s association with T J Cobden-Sanderson was presented to the H G Wells Society in 2013.

Jennifer’s article on the relationship between the writing of von Arnim and Katherine Mansfield, ‘The Beauchamp Connection’, will be published in Katherine Mansfield and Continental Europe – Connections and Influences, edited by Gerri Kimber and Janka Kascakova, (Palgrave Macmillan, January 2015).  She is currently working on research into the history of the Beauchamp family.


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