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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 utilizes these seemingly endless avenues for critical exploration, analysing Mansfield’s influences, including the familial, historical, 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.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Janka Kascakova, Gerri Kimber and Władysław Witalisz
SECTION 1: THE POLISH KATHERINE MANSFIELD
‘From the other side of the world’: Katherine Mansfield, Poland and Poetry
‘God the Father’: Stanisław Wyspiański and Katherine Mansfield
The Deed, the Dead and the Living Blood: Katherine Mansfield’s ‘To Stanislaw Wyspianski’ and Its Translation into Polish by Floryan Sobieniowski
Between Absence and Presence: On Katherine Mansfield’s Early Reception in Poland
SECTION 2: KATHERINE MANSFIELD’S CONNECTIVITY
Absence, Distance, and Influence: Dorothy Wordsworth’s Journals, Katherine Mansfield and John Middleton Murry
Compassion and Moral Responsibility: Emma and ‘The Daughters of the Late Colonel’
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’
Katherine Mansfield’s American Legacy: The Case of Dorothy Parker
Sydney Janet Kaplan
SECTION 3: ARTS, SPACES AND THE WRITING PROCESS
Making Music, Making Room: Musical Performances and the Construction of Space in the Works of Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf
Waves and ‘moment[s] of suspension’: Katherine Mansfield’s Painterly and Kinetic Language in Fiction
The Function of the Domestic Garden Space in ‘Prelude’ and ‘At the Bay’
On Being Chased By A Bull: Imagination, Writing and the Rush of the Short Story
Notes on Contributors
Janka Kascakova, Associate Professor at the Catholic University of Ružomberok, Slovakia and Palacký University Olomouc, the Czech Republic, earned her PhD in English literature (on Katherine Mansfield’s modernism) from the Comenius University in 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, BA Hons, PhD, FHEA, PGCRDS, is a Visiting Professor in English at the University of Northampton, UK. She received her PhD from the University of Exeter (2007) for a thesis examining Katherine Mansfield’s reception in France. She is 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 4 vol. Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Katherine Mansfield (2012-16), and is currently co-editing a new, 4-volume, complete edition of Mansfield’s letters.
Władysław Witalisz, Professor in the English Department of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, received 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).