Katherine Mansfield and Children

Katherine Mansfield and Children

Katherine Mansfield and Children

Katherine Mansfield and Children


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What Virginia Woolf called ‘Childlikeness’ is a facet of Mansfield’s personality which permeates every aspect of her personal and creative life. It is present in her mature fiction, where some of her most well-known and accomplished stories, such as ‘Prelude’ and ‘At the Bay’, have children as protagonists. It is present in her early poetry, which includes a collection of poems for children intended for publication and it is also present in her juvenilia, where many of the stories she wrote from an early age for school magazines and other publications, feature children. Even as an adult, Mansfield’s love of the miniature, her delight in children in general, her fascination with dolls, all feature in her personal writing. Her relationship with John Middleton Murry was characterised by their mutual descriptions of themselves as little children fighting against a corrupt world.

Including a newly discovered short story potentially by Mansfield, with an explanatory essay, this volume engages each of these aspects of the child in Mansfield’s work and life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474491914
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 07/17/2023
Series: Katherine Mansfield Studies
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Gerri Kimber is a Visiting Professor in the Department of English at the University of Northampton and is co-editor of the annual yearbook Katherine Mansfield Studies. She is the deviser and series editor of the four-volume Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Katherine Mansfield (2016) and the author of Katherine Mansfield: The View from France and A Literary Modernist: Katherine Mansfield and the Art of the Short Story.

A Professor of English at Huntington University, Todd Martin’s primary areas of interest are twentieth century British and American literature. He has published articles on such varied authors as John Barth, E. E. Cummings, Clyde Edgerton, Julia Alvarez, Edwidge Danticat, Sherwood Anderson and Katherine Mansfield. He is the editor of the forthcoming Katherine Mansfield and the Bloomsbury Group.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction: ‘A kind of childlikeness’ – Katherine Mansfield and Children, Gerri Kimber; CRITICISM: Casting ‘a haunting light’: Katherine Mansfield’s Modernist Vision of Childhood, Tracy Miao; Mansfield and Murry: Two Children Holding Hands, Kathleen Jones; The Thoughtful Child: The Sentimental Origins of Katherine Mansfield’s Children, Todd Martin; Katherine Mansfield’s Play Aesthetics, Imola Nagy-Seres; Katherine Mansfield’s Sleeping Boys, Erika Baldt; Kezia a ‘ninseck’, Kezia the Bee, Janka Kascakova; ‘Real Childhood’: The Daring of Katherine Mansfield and Alice Meynell, Ann Herndon Marshall; A NEW STORY: ‘The Chorus Girl and the Tariff’ by Katherine Mansfield, Martin Griffiths; ‘The Chorus Girl and the Tariff’, Katherine Mansfield; CREATIVE WRITING: Short Story; ‘Mr. Brill’, Michael Hoover & Daniel Humberd; Creative Essay; The Life-Affirming Words of Katherine Mansfield in a Time of Pandemic, Monica Macansantos; CRITICAL MISCELLANY: The Paper Knife – Patrick White and Katherine Mansfield, Oliver Stead; Appearances Matter: Katherine Mansfield and the Photographic Record, J. Lawrence Mitchell; REVIEW ESSAY: ‘A widening circle of connectedness’ in Mansfield studies, Jenny McDonnell; Notes on Contributors; Index.
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