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Performativity in words: musical performance in Katherine Mansfield's stories

da Sousa Correa, Delia (2011). Performativity in words: musical performance in Katherine Mansfield's stories. Katherine Mansfield Studies, 3 pp. 84–98.

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This essay is about musical performance in Mansfield and about the ‘performative’ in that her stories perform rather than merely invoke musical analogy. Many of Katherine Mansfield’s musical stories make little direct reference to music. For my purposes here, I read four stories that do include specific accounts of musical performance and which therefore dramatise performative concerns that pervade Mansfield’s work as a whole. Through its contemplation of the musicality of Mansfield’s writing, the essay arrives at a sense of performativity in language that highlights the importance of affect: a notion of performative language fundamental to Mansfield’s writing and much other.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: Edinburgh University Press
ISSN: 2041-4501
Keywords: Katherine Mansfield, performance; music; performative; affect; Mendelssohn
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Art History, Classical Studies, English and Creative Writing, Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 30601
Depositing User: Delia da Sousa Correa
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2012 17:36
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 11:09
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