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  • Psychology by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    Psychology by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “Psychology” (1919) is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, redolent with sexual tension which unexpectedly morphs into something else at the end. As expected from the title, the bulk of the story comprises a character’s interiority. After first setting the mood, Mansfield gets right into a woman’s feelings. Yet do we feel we know her? We must read between the spaces, what I call ‘Mansfield Gaps’. Everyone fills the gaps differently in a lyrical short story; this is my interpretation.

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  • The Lumber-Room by Saki Short Story Analysis

    The Lumber-Room by Saki Short Story Analysis

    “The Lumber-Room” by H.H. Monro (Saki) is one of the short stories from Beasts and Super-Beasts, published 1914, though it was first published in a newspaper. He died two years later in the war. Significantly for this short story, Saki was gay. There’s something very Peter Rabbit about this short story for adults. Peter Rabbit was widely read to children…

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  • Je ne parle pas français by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    Je ne parle pas français by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “Je ne parle pas français” (I don’t speak French) is a 1918 short story by Katherine Mansfield. Nothing much ‘happens’, but the character of Raoul Duquette is a comedic archetype seen in contemporary creations such as Dwight Schrute from The Office. Connection To Mansfield’s Own Life Hard to fathom today, but the obliquely gay subject matter of this story would…

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  • Why does Schitt’s Creek take a season to get ‘good’?

    Why does Schitt’s Creek take a season to get ‘good’?

    Schitt’s Creek is a CBC sitcom written by father and son team Eugene and Daniel Levy. You’ll either find it funny or you won’t — I think it’s the funniest thing on Netflix at the moment. That said, I agree with all the reviewers who’ve said something like this: Season 1 is decent, but Season 2 is where it really…

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  • How To Write Like Katherine Mansfield

    How To Write Like Katherine Mansfield

    Mansfield borrowed from those who came before her and we may do the same. In fact, it’s inevitable. It pays to know our own influences… if only so we don’t mimic them too closely. Overall, Mansfield was a modernist writer. And of the modernist writers, she was at the highly aesthetic and visual end of the spectrum. She wasn’t big…

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  • At The Bay by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    At The Bay by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “At the Bay” (1921) is considered one of Mansfield’s best short stories, by a writer at the height of her powers. This is one of the three about the Burnell family, who also star in “Prelude” and “The Doll’s House“. “At The Bay” is an interesting case study for writers, for so many reasons. Notably: CHARACTERISATION The way Mansfield creates…

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  • Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx Short Story Analysis

    “Brokeback Mountain” is a heart-wrenching short story in part because of its density and one-sitting experience. This is an amazing feat. I mean, it’s so short, right? Normally you need the build-up of an entire novel to induce such strong reactions in readers. Or at least the soundtrack, cinematography and expert acting of a film. Annie Proulx’s short stories have the…

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