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Katherine Mansfield and World War One

Edited by Gerri Kimber, W. Todd Martin, Delia da Sousa Correa
Associate Editor Alice Kelly, Isobel Maddison

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Examines Katherine Mansfield’s engagement with the First World War and its impact on her writings

This special issue of Katherine Mansfield Studies is in remembrance of the centenary of one of the most significant events of the modernist period. Like the reclamation of women’s war writings that we have already seen in relation to Virginia Woolf and others, Mansfield’s literary response to the key political event of her time is fundamental to our understanding of her developing writerly style. It is in her responses to the war that we find a ‘political Mansfield’, and the articles in this volume provide us with a greater appreciation of Mansfield in her socio-historical context. In offering new readings of Mansfield’s explicit and implicit war stories, the contributions to this volume refine and extend our knowledge of particular stories and their genealogy. They illuminate the specific and more general influences of the war on Mansfield’s evolving technique and, jointly, they reveal the importance of the war on her literary language, as well as for her own particular brand of modernism. This volume helps develop our ideas of what constitute war writings and, in so doing, expands the scope of Mansfield scholarship and the field of First World War studies.

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.

W. Todd Martin is Professor of English at Huntington University, USA. He teaches twentieth-century British and American literature and has published on such various authors as John Barth, E. E. Cummings, Clyde Edgerton, Sherwood Anderson, Julia Alvarez, Edwidge Danticat, and Katherine Mansfield. He is the Membership Secretary for the Katherine Mansfield Society and the Liason-Editor for the book series Katherine Mansfield Studies.

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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