Tag: Katherine Mansfield

  • Carnation by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “Carnation” (1918) is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, included in her Something Childish collection. I like this one very much — a rare story of blossoming female friendship. SETTING OF “CARNATION” Mansfield often opens stories in medias res and grounds us in the setting: On those hot days The entire story takes place in […]

  • Two Types Of Short Stories

    Edmund Blair Leighton - The Ticket

    Length aside, short stories are not like other works. There is something just… different about them. This difference is not about length; it’s about function. However, some stories function no differently from a novel. They’re simply… shorter. This post is an exploration of the qualitative differences between what we might call The Literary Short Story […]

  • Something Childish But Very Natural by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

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    “Something Childish But Very Natural” is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, published 1913, 1924. The story is named after a poem Harry reads in the book-stall. The poem is by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This poem provides Mansfield’s re-visioning with a nutshell emotional arc: Had I but two little wings,And were a little feathery bird,To […]

  • Pictures by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    Baccarat - the Fur Cape 1920 Walter Richard Sickert 1860-1942

    “Pictures” is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, published 1919. The London Evening Standard said of the story ‘it is stark realism from first word to last and yet it gives an impression of infinite understanding and pity’. The character Ada Moss was inspired by a woman Mansfield met three years earlier. They had sat […]

  • Flowering Judas by Katherine Anne Porter Short Story Analysis

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    “Flowering Judas” is the standout short story by Pulizer Prize winning Katherine Anne Porter, included in a collection published 1930 when Porter was 40. This short story reminds me of “A Dill Pickle” by Katherine Mansfield. Both stories are clearly about the way in which women are socially acculturated into providing emotional labour for men, […]

  • Paul’s Case by Willa Cather Analysis

    Paul's Case

    “Paul’s Case” is a short story by Willa Cather, first published in McClure’s Magazine in 1905 under the title “Paul’s Case: A Study in Temperament”. As a New Zealander, I have a longterm interest in Katherine Mansfield. I’m coming late to American Willa Cather, but the first thing I notice is that she was writing short […]

  • The Symbolism of Trains In Literature

    George William Joy - The Baywater Omnibus 1895

    Why are trains so useful to storytellers? In stories, trains play a functional role, getting your characters from one place to another. But there’s more to it than that. Perhaps we encounter storytellers on trains more than in any other place. On Trains You Lose Your Regular Self The train is a perfect place to […]

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

    Leonid Pasternak Boris Pasternak Writing 1919

    “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 […]

  • 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 […]