Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf: A Public of Two

Hardcover | March 1, 1999

byAngela Smith

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Long after the death of Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) described being haunted by Mansfield in dreams. Through detailed comparative readings of their fiction, letters, and diaries, Smith explores the intense affinity between the two writers. Their particularinflection of modernism is interpreted through their shared experience as `threshold people', familiar with the liminal, for each of them a zone of transition and habitation. Writing at a time when the First World War and changing attitudes to empire problematized boundaries and definitions offoreignness, we see how the fiction of both Mansfield and Woolf is characterized by moments of disorienting suspension in which the perceiving consciousness sees the familiar made strange, the domestic made menacing.

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Long after the death of Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) described being haunted by Mansfield in dreams. Through detailed comparative readings of their fiction, letters, and diaries, Smith explores the intense affinity between the two writers. Their particularinflection of modernism is interpreted through the...

Angela Smith is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre of Commonwealth Studies at the University of Stirling.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:March 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198183984

ISBN - 13:9780198183983

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A perecptive new study of their friendship - Elizabeth Lowry, TLS 16th July 1999