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Katherine Mansfield and Psychology

Edited by Gerri Kimber, W. Todd Martin, Clare Hanson

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Explores the multiple ways in which Mansfield’s fiction resonates with the landscapes opened up by psychology and psychoanalysis

In line with the recent surge of critical interest in early psychology, the contributors read Mansfield’s work alongside figures like William James and Henri Bergson, opening up new perspectives on affect in her work. While these essays trace strands within the intellectual milieu in which Mansfield came of age, others explore the intricate interplay between Mansfield’s fiction and Freudian theory, seeing her work as emblematic of the uncanny doubling of modernist literature and psychoanalysis.

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Introduction, Clare Hanson
Interior Matters: Secrecy and Hunger in Katherine Mansfield’s “Bliss”, Polly Dickson
Katherine Mansfield and Vitalist Psychology, Clare Hanson
A Raft in the Sea of Loneliness: Katherine Mansfield’s Discovery of Cosmic Anatomy, Maurizio Ascari
Mansfield’s Psychology of the Emotions, Meghan Hammond
Feeling “Like a Work-girl”: Class, Intimacy, and Alienation in “The Garden Party”, Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze
Me or I? The Search for the Self in the Early Writings of Katherine Mansfield, Louise Edensor
“Jigging away into nothingness”: Knowledge, Language, and Feminine Jouissance in “Bliss” and “Psychology”, Allan Pero
“For the life of him he could not remember”: Post-War Memory, Mourning and Masculinity Crisis in Katherine Mansfield’s “The Fly”, Avishek Parui
Isn’t It, Paula Morris
The Portrait, Nina Powles
Fever Dream, Nina Powles
Silver Dream, Nina Powles
Katherine Mansfield, in the Archive and Hereafter, Eve Lacey
Poise, Angela Smith
Poise by John Duncan Fergusson: A rediscovered portrait of Katherine Mansfield?, Rachel Boyd
Patriarchal Pink: Gender Signification in Katherine Mansfield’s “The Little Governess”, Bronwen Fetters
Apples and Pears: Symbolism and Influence in Daphne du Maurier’s “The Apple Tree” and Katherine Mansfield’s “Bliss”, Setara Pracha
“The Thing Needed”: Katherine Mansfield, Psychology and Relationships, Todd Martin
Notes on Contributors.

About the Author

Gerri Kimber, Visiting Professor in the Department of English at the University of Northampton, is co-editor of the annual yearbook Katherine Mansfield Studies, and Chair of the Katherine Mansfield Society. She is the deviser and Series Editor of the four-volume Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Katherine Mansfield (2016) and the author of Katherine Mansfield: The View from France, and A Literary Modernist: Katherine Mansfield and the Art of the Short Story.

A Professor of English at Huntington University, Todd Martin’s primary areas of interest are twentieth century British and American literature. He has published articles on such varied authors as John Barth, E. E. Cummings, Clyde Edgerton, Julia Alvarez, Edwidge Danticat, Sherwood Anderson, and Katherine Mansfield. He is a member of the Katherine Mansfield Society and currently serves as the Membership Secretary. He is the editor of the forthcoming Katherine Mansfield and the Bloomsbury Group.

Clare Hanson Professor of Twentieth Century Literature at the University of Southampton. Her first book was on Katherine Mansfield, followed by a chapter on Mansfield in Short Stories and Short Fictions (1985) and an edition of Mansfield’s critical writings (1987). Her current research is in literature and science, recent books including A Cultural History of Pregnancy (2004) and Eugenics, Literature and Culture in Post-war Britain (2012). This volume of Katherine Mansfield Studies brings together her interests in Mansfield and the history of science.

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