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Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf

Edited by Gerri Kimber, Todd Martin, Christine Froula

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New essays and creative explorations of the friendship, milieu and writings of Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf

'I love to think of you, Virginia, as my friend … pray consider how rare it is to find someone with the same passion for writing, who desires to be scrupulously truthful – and to give you the freedom of the city without any reserves at all.'

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Introduction: Thinking Sideways through One’s Sisters, Christine Froula
Powers of Disgust: Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf, Maud Ellmann
Together and Apart, Maria DiBattista
Seated between ‘Geniuses’: Conrad Aiken’s Imaginative and Critical Responses to Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf, Sydney Janet Kaplan
Katherine’s Secrets, Christine Froula
A Conversation Set to Flowers: Beyond the Origins of Kew Gardens, Karina Jakubowicz
‘roses blooming under glass
lips cut with a knife’: Hermeneutics of the Modern Female Face in Woolf and Mansfield, Halyna Chumak
The Fly and the Displaced Self: Affective Potential in the Epiphanic Moments of Mansfield, Woolf, and Lawrence, Cheryl Hindrichs
Dangerous Reading in Mansfield’s Stories and Woolf’s ‘The Fisherman and His Wife’, Brian Richardson
Ali Smith: Getting Virginia Woolf's Goat
Barbara Egel: The Point of ‘Slater’s Pins’: An Introduction
Barbara Egel: Virginia Woolf's ‘Moments of Being: “Slater’s Pins Have No Points”’: A Dramatic Adaptation
Jackie Jones: ‘Katherine Mansfield’s Heirlooms’
Maggie Rainey-Smith: ‘How too weird’
‘Not the kind to die’: Katherine Mansfield and the Unquiet Ghost of ‘little brother’, J. Lawrence Mitchell
‘Which of my many […] hundreds of selves?’ Extending Mansfield’s Posthumous Literary Reputation, Claire Drewery
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.

Christine Froula is a professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Gender Studies at Northwestern University, a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, and a past president of the International Virginia Woolf Society. She has published widely on interdisciplinary modernism, feminist theory, and genetic criticism, including Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-Garde: War, Civilization, Modernity (Columbia UP, 2007).


This is an impressively wide-ranging exploration of ‘the most timely meeting of writers in the history of literature’ (Ali Smith) illuminating the unhomed, dislocated ‘other rooms’ of Woolf’s and Mansfield’s six-year-long creative dialogue, encompassing obliquely angled portraiture, cities and sisterhood seen sideways, and distancing devices of distaste. ‘Other rooms’ also open onto unexpected vistas – public gardens, gardens of earthly delights, and cultivated flower beds of philosophy, thereby redimensioning intimacy, food and body politics, animality, stage-masks, and Time itself.

- Claire Davison, University Sorbonne-Nouvelle - Paris III

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