Katherine Mansfield: A Literary Life

Katherine Mansfield: A Literary Life

by A. Smith
     
 

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In a letter, Katherine Mansfield writes: 'I hate the sort of licence that English people give themselves - to spread over and flop and roll about. I feel as fastidious as though I write with acid'. This book explores Mansfield's idiosyncratic aesthetic by focusing on her position as an outsider in Britain: a New-Zealander, a woman writer, a Fuavist, and

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In a letter, Katherine Mansfield writes: 'I hate the sort of licence that English people give themselves - to spread over and flop and roll about. I feel as fastidious as though I write with acid'. This book explores Mansfield's idiosyncratic aesthetic by focusing on her position as an outsider in Britain: a New-Zealander, a woman writer, a Fuavist, and eventually a consumptive. Her sharp-edged fiction is discussed in relation to her involvement with Post-Impressionist painting and painters.

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Traces Mansfield's artistic and intellectual development, specifically linking her engagement with post-impressionist art to readings of her most innovative and experimental stories. Smith (English studies, U. of Stirling, UK) focuses on Mansfield's position as a New Zealander who felt herself to be an outsider in British literary life to explore how Mansfield's idiosyncratic modernist aesthetic developed. Each chapter includes an analysis of a particular story or stories by Mansfield, to exemplify the stages of her shifting and disrupted development as a writer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333618783
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Series:
Literary Lives Series
Edition description:
2000
Pages:
171
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Angela Smith is Senior Lecturer in English Studies and Director of the Centre of Commonwealth Studies at the University of Stirling.

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