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Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf : A Public of Two - Angela Smith

Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf

A Public of Two

Hardcover Published: 1st March 1999
ISBN: 9780198183983
Number Of Pages: 256

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Long after the death of Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) described being haunted by her in dreams. Through detailed comparative readings of their fiction, letters and diaries, Smith explores the intense affinity between the two writers. Their particular inflection of modernism is interpreted through their shared experience as "threshold people", familiar with the liminal. Writing at a time when the World War I and changing attitudes to Empire problematized boundaries and definitions of foreignness, 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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A perecptive new study of their friendship - Elizabeth Lowry, TLS 16th July 1999

List of Abbreviations
Liminal Experiencep. 1
A Common Certain Understandingp. 30
Sense of Echop. 63
Shifts in 'Prelude' and To the Lighthousep. 91
Early Writings and Rites of Passagep. 111
A Single Day: 'At the Bay' and Mrs. Dallowayp. 146
Vertigo in 'The Daughters of the Late Colonel' and Jacob's Roomp. 194
Threshold Peoplep. 225
Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780198183983
ISBN-10: 0198183984
Series: Oxford World's Classics (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st March 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.42