Tag: Katherine Mansfield

  • Germans At Meat by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    1911 Bavaria for Germans At Meat

    “Germans At Meat” (1910) is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, and opens her first collection (a series of journalistic travelogues). The collection is called In A German Pension. Mansfield later regretted these stories and did not want to republish them in 1920, three years before she died. She considered them ‘immature’ and ‘a lie’. […]

  • What is literary modernism?

    I keep saying that Katherine Mansfield is a standout example of a Modernist short story writer, but what does ‘modernist’ really mean? “Make it new!”  EZRA POUND, 1934

  • Marriage á la Mode by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “Marriage á la Mode” (1921) is a Modernist short story by Katherine Mansfield, first published in a December edition of The Sphere: An Illustrated Newspaper for the Home. Magazines don’t normally publish summery stories in winter, but it makes more sense to know this magazine was aimed at British citizens living in the colonies. This…

  • The Daughters of the Late Colonel by Katherine Mansfield Analysis

    “The Daughters of the Late Colonel” (1922) is a modernist short story by Katherine Mansfield, included in The Garden Party And Other Stories.

  • U.F.O. In Kushiro by Haruki Murakami Short Story Analysis

    “U.F.O. in Kushiro” is a short story written by popular contemporary Japanese author Haruki Murakami. English readers first had access to the story in 2001, when it appeared in an issue of the New Yorker magazine. It was republished in 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami devastated northern Japan. Safe to say this is considered a…

  • Mr Reginald Peacock’s Day by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    ‘Le Soir’, a decorative panel by Camille Martin (1861-1898)

    r Reginald Peacock’s Day” (1917) is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, functioning mainly as a character study.

  • Loneliness in Art and Storytelling

    Edward Hopper was a master at depicting loneliness with paint. The sense of isolation is achieved with colour and composition. Eyes don’t meet, or not at the same time. Body language is closed off. Figures are small inside vast spaces, their heads far from the top of the canvas. They gaze from windows as if longing for connection.

  • Symbolism Of Ships and Boats In Literature

    Ships, boats and other sea vessels are symbolically significant across literature. How are they used and what do they symbolise?

  • The Little Governess by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    George Dunlop Leslie - Roses

    Katherine Mansfield wrote. It’s a cautionary tale without the Perrault didacticism. It’s Little Red Riding Hood, but social realism. This story exists to say, “You’re not alone.” It’s a gendered story, about the specifically femme experience of being alone in public space. Some critics find the ending inadequate. This is a stellar example of a lyrical short story with emotional closure but no plot closure. And it only succeeds in offering emotional closure if the reader can identify with the experience.

  • A Blaze by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    William Lipincott - Love's Ambush

    “A Blaze” (1911) is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, included in her German Pension collection. This is a story about a dynamic known in Japan as amae.

  • Poison by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    F.X. Leyendecker (brother of J.C. Leyendecker)- Rachel Peace

    “Poison” (1920) is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, the last in the Something Childish and Other Stories collection, published by Middleton Murry four years later, after her death. Commentators have noticed veiled references to “My Last Duchess“, a poem by Robert Browning about a murderous duke. Browning’s poem in turn is based on popular…

  • Taking The Veil by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    The Vale of Rest 1858-9 Sir John Everett Millais, Bt 1829-1896

    “Taking The Veil” is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, published in her collection The Dove’s Nest (1930). Our main character Edna should be feeling great right now. She’s eighteen, she’s beautiful and she’s in love. One slight problem. She is about to become a Bride of Christ, also known as taking the veil. (Or…