Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf: A Public of Two

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Long after the death of Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) described being haunted by Mansfied in dreams. Through detailed comparative readings of their fiction, letters, and diaries, Angela Smith explores the intense affinity between the two writers. Writing at a time when the First World War and the changing attitudes towards empire problematized definitions of foreignness, the fiction of both Mansfield and Woolf is characterized by moments in which the perceiving consciousness sees the familiar made strange, the domestic made menacing.

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"Smith writes persuasively and well about these correspondences [between Mansfield and Woolf], about the influence of Post-Impressionism on both writers, and about their shared interest in the cinema, a developing art form which suddenly challenged the old linear conventions of fiction by offering unparalleled possibilities of narrative immediacy."—Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198183983
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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University of Stirling
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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
1 Liminal Experience 1
2 A Common Certain Understanding 30
3 Sense of Echo 63
4 Shifts in 'Prelude' and To the Lighthouse 91
5 Early Writings and Rites of Passage 111
6 A Single Day: 'At the Bay' and Mrs. Dalloway 146
7 Vertigo in 'The Daughters of the Late Colonel' and Jacob's Room 194
8 Threshold People 225
Bibliography 231
Index 235
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