The stories of Katherine Mansfield

da Sousa Correa, Delia (2005). The stories of Katherine Mansfield. In: Brown, Richard Danson and Gupta, Suman eds. Aestheticism and Modernism: Debating Twentieth-Century Literature 1900-1960. Twentieth-Century Literature: Texts and Debates. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 68–116.



This essay reads Mansfield’s stories in relation to instrumental and aesthetic views of literature. Feminist and post-colonial criticism of her work has brought to light ways in which Mansfield’s writing was urgently engaged with events and issues of her time. It has sometimes done this at the cost of neglecting the qualities in her prose that most attract the reader. This essay seeks to attain a balance, highlighting the fundamentally satirical nature of much of Mansfield’s writing whilst proposing readings that simultaneously respond to the outstanding aesthetic achievements of her prose technique. Research for the essay included interviews with leading scholars of Mansfield in New Zealand.

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