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Katherine Mansfield: A Literary Life

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In a letter, Katherine Mansfield wrote: "I hate the sort of license 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 Fauvist, and eventually a consumptive. Her sharp-edged fiction is discussed in relation to her involvement ...

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Overview

In a letter, Katherine Mansfield wrote: "I hate the sort of license 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 Fauvist, 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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333618776
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/6/2001
  • Series: Literary Lives
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 183
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (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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Table of Contents

"I live to write"
• The little Colonial: 1888-1908
• A born Actress and Mimic: August 1908-November 1911
• The Tiger: December 1911-October 1915
• Mansfield and Modernism: November 1915-December 1918
• The Secret Self: January 1919-January 1923

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