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Katherine Mansfield
International Approaches

ISBN 9781032058559
Published December 24, 2021 by Routledge
244 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Katherine Mansfield has been widely recognised as one of the key authors of her generation, continuing to influence literary modernism and the short story genre through her nomadic existence, colonial perspective, eclectic interests and impressive range of literary acquaintances. This volume utilises these seemingly endless avenues for critical exploration, analysing Mansfield’s influences, including the familial, historical and geographical as well as literary and artistic approaches. Some connections are well established and acknowledged, some controversial, many still undiscovered. This volume brings a fresh collection of original viewpoints on Katherine Mansfield’s life and work, both of which, in her own case, are frequently indistinguishable. It investigates her fascinating connection with Poland which is explored in a complex and detailed way for the first time; suggests new or revised views on her connections to other English and American writers; and finally examines some of the aspects of her writing process, her engagement with the arts, imagination, memories and her constructions of different kinds of space.

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Janka Kascakova, Gerri Kimber and Władysław Witalisz



‘From the other side of the world’: Katherine Mansfield, Poland and Poetry

Gerri Kimber

‘God the Father’: Stanisław Wyspiański and Katherine Mansfield

Wojciech Bałus

The Deed, the Dead and the Living Blood: Katherine Mansfield’s ‘To Stanislaw Wyspianski’ and Its Translation into Polish by Floryan Sobieniowski

Magda Heydel

Between Absence and Presence: On Katherine Mansfield’s Early Reception in Poland

Joanna Sobesto


Absence, Distance, and Influence: Dorothy Wordsworth’s Journals, Katherine Mansfield and John Middleton Murry

Richard Cappuccio

Compassion and Moral Responsibility: Emma and ‘The Daughters of the Late Colonel’

Janka Kascakova

The Perils of Autobiography: Katherine Mansfield and the Case of George Gissing

Ann Herndon Marshall

Gendered Violence and Narrative Complicity in Katherine Mansfield and Leonard Woolf: ‘The Woman at the Store’ and ‘A Tale Told by Moonlight’

Elyse Blankley

Katherine Mansfield’s American Legacy: The Case of Dorothy Parker

Sydney Janet Kaplan


Making Music, Making Room: Musical Performances and the Construction of Space in the Works of Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf

Anna Lawattanatrakul

Waves and ‘moment[s] of suspension’: Katherine Mansfield’s Painterly and Kinetic Language in Fiction

Tracy Miao

The Function of the Domestic Garden Space in ‘Prelude’ and ‘At the Bay’

Anna Kwiatkowska

On Being Chased By A Bull: Imagination, Writing and the Rush of the Short Story

Kirsty Gunn

Notes on Contributors


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Janka Kascakova is an Associate Professor at the Catholic University of Ružomberok, Slovakia, and Palacký University Olomouc, the Czech Republic, and earned her PhD in English literature (on Katherine Mansfield’s modernism) from the Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia (2007). She is the Vice-President of the Katherine Mansfield Society, co-editor of several volumes including Katherine Mansfield and Continental Europe: Connections and Influences (2015), translator of Katherine Mansfield’s short stories into Slovak (2013) and the author of numerous articles, book chapters and a full monograph on Katherine Mansfield (2015).

Gerri Kimber is a Visiting Professor in English at the University of Northampton, UK. She earned her PhD (2007) from the University of Exeter, UK, for a thesis examining Katherine Mansfield’s reception in France. She is a co-editor of the annual yearbook Katherine Mansfield Studies and is the author of Katherine Mansfield: The Early Years (2016), Katherine Mansfield and the Art of the Short Story (2015) and Katherine Mansfield: The View from France (2008). She is the Series Editor of the four-volume Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Katherine Mansfield (2012–16) and is currently co-editing a new, four-volume, complete edition of Mansfield’s letters.

Władysław Witalisz is a Professor in the English Department of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, and earned his PhD (1996) and post-doctoral degree (2011) in English literature from the Jagiellonian University. He has published numerous articles on medieval romance, medieval religious literature and Shakespeare. He is the author of The Trojan Mirror: Middle English Trojan Narratives as Books of Princely Advice (2011).