Re-forming World Literature

Katherine Mansfield and the Modernist Short Story

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Re-forming World Literature
Katherine Mansfield and the Modernist Short Story

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About the book


The ground-breaking essays gathered in this volume argue that global paradigms of World Literature, often referencing the major metropolitan centres of cultural and literary production, do not always accommodate voices from the margins and writing within minority genres such as the short story. Katherine Mansfield is a supreme example of a writer who is positioned between a number of different borders and boundaries: between modernism and postcolonialism; between the short story and other genres (like the novella or poetry, or non-fiction, such as letters, diaries, reviews, and translations); between Europe and New Zealand. In pointing to the global production and dissemination of short stories, and in particular the growing reception of Mansfield’s work worldwide since her death in 1923, the volume shows how literary modernism can be read in a myriad of ways in terms of the contemporary category of new World Literature.
The author

About the author

Gerri Kimber is Visiting Professor in the Department of English, University of Northampton. She is Chair of the Katherine Mansfield Society and the author of Katherine Mansfield: The Early Years (2016), Katherine Mansfield and the Art of the Short Story (2015), and Katherine Mansfield: The View from France (2008). She is series editor of the 4-volume Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Katherine Mansfield (2012–16).

Janet Wilson is Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Northampton. She has published widely on Australian and New Zealand writing and cinema, as well as on the diaspora writing of white settler societies. She is co-editor of the book series Studies in World Literature at ibidem Press and co-editor of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing.


“This new collection expertly demonstrates the distinctive features of Mansfield’s fiction, notably the registration of affect as manifested in an intense, fluctuating, yet always embodied vitality that plays across subjectivity, setting, and narrative alike and which marks off her modernism. In a widely contextualized series of focused analyses, the chapters unite in a reappraisal of the status of the short story to confirm Mansfield’s contribution to this mode, specifically in the tradition of women’s writing, and her growing presence as a transnational figure in the newly demarcated field of world literature.”—Peter Brooker, Emeritus Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies, Department of Culture, Film and Media, University of Nottingham
Additional Information

Additional Information

Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author Aimee Gasston, Elsa Högberg, Sydney Janet Kaplan, Janka Kascakova, Gerri Kimber, Todd Martin, Ruchi Mundeja, Janet Wilson
Editor Gerri Kimber, Janet Wilson, Janet Wilson, Chris Ringrose
Number of pages 313
Language English
Publication date Apr 27, 2018
Weight (kg) 0.4060
ISBN-13 9783838211138