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Katherine Mansfield and the (Post)colonial

Edited by Gerri Kimber, Delia da Sousa Correa
Associate Editor Janet Wilson

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Explores Mansfield’s identity as a (post)colonial writer in relation to her foremost reputation as a European modernist

In seeking new possibilities for alignments with, and resolutions to, the contradictory agendas implied by the terms ‘(post)colonial’ and ‘modernist’, the essays in this volume address the clashing perspectives between Mansfield’s life in Europe, where her troubled self-designation as the ‘little colonial’ became a fertile source of her distinctive brand of literary modernism, and her ongoing, complex relationship with her New Zealand homeland. The contributors investigate Mansfield’s (post)colonial modernism in the context both of New Zealand settler-colonial fiction and of her European literary inheritance. Affinities with writers such as Edith Wharton and Robert Louis Stevenson reveal that ‘home’ can be a diasporic place, combining alienation with belonging. The volume also registers initial responses to the widened scope for Mansfield scholarship launched by the first two volumes of the new Edinburgh Collected Works of Katherine Mansfield.

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Introduction, Janet Wilson
‘Katherine Mansfield: Cannibal’, Aimee Gasston
‘Mansfield as (Post)colonial-Modernist: Rewriting the Contract with Death’, Janet Wilson
‘Colonialism and the Need for Impurity: Katherine Mansfield, “The Garden Party” and Postcolonial Feeling’, Emmanouil Aretoulakis
‘How Katherine Mansfield was Kidnapped. Hypothesis on a (Post)colonial Family Romance’, Lorenzo Mari
‘“Unmasking” the First-Person Narrator of In a German Pension’, Todd Martin
‘Workmanship and Wildness: Katherine Mansfield on Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence’, Emily Ridge
‘Home and Abroad in the South Pacific: Spaces and Places in Robert Louis Stevenson’s and Katherine Mansfield’s Short Fiction’, Stefanie Rudig
‘Literatures of Expatriation and the Colonial Mansfield’, Anne Brown-Berens
Creative Writing
C. K. Stead: ‘Names and Places’
Kathleen Jones: ‘Excavating the Bones’, ‘Nightmare’, ‘L’Incubo’
Gladys Mary Coles: ‘Katherine Mansfield’s Mirror’, ‘This Nettle, Danger’, ‘Poem for Jeanne’s Birthday’
Short Story
Witi Ihimaera: ‘Waiting for La Petite Anglaise’
‘The Lawrences, Katherine Mansfield and the “Ricordi” Postcard’, Andrew Harrison
‘A Little Episode: The Forgotten Typescripts of Katherine Mansfield’, Chris Mourant
‘Report from the Turnbull Library’, Fiona Oliver
‘Two French books Belonging to Katherine Mansfield’, Gerri Kimber
Editing the new Collected Fiction of Katherine Mansfield, 2 vols (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012), Gerri Kimber and Vincent O’Sullivan, eds, Vincent O’Sullivan
‘Names Painting’, Penelope Jackson
Vincent O’Sullivan: Frank O’Connor, The Lonely Voice
Marco Sonzogni: Kimber, Gerri and O’Sullivan, Vincent, eds, The Collected Fiction of Katherine Mansfield, 1898-1915 (Volume 1) and The Collected Fiction of Katherine Mansfield 1916-1922 (Volume 2)
Isobel Maddison: Martin Hipsky, Modernism and the Women’s Popular Romance in Britain, 1885-1925
Brigid Magner: Calder, Alex, The Settler’s Plot: How Stories Take Place in New Zealand, and D’Cruz, Doreen and Ross, John C., The Lonely and the Alone: the Poetics of Isolation in New Zealand Fiction
Alexandra Smith: Diment, Galya, A Russian Jew of Bloomsbury: The Life and Times of Samuel Koteliansky
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.

Delia da Sousa Correa grew up in New Zealand and studied at the University of Canterbury before moving on to graduate study in London and Oxford. She is Senior Lecturer in English at the Open University and is co-editor of "Katherine Mansfield Studies". Her research focuses on connections between literature and music in the nineteenth-century and early modernist periods.

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