Germans At Meat by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

“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?

1918 We Are Making a New World, Paul Nash, UK

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 The Modernist Timeline Where does the word come from? The word modernism first appeared in 1737, and kept shifting in meaning. For ages it meant “a sense of forward-looking contemporaneity”……

Marriage á la Mode by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

William Bolin, artist painting woman in wedding dress, 1924

“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……

Movements In Children’s Literature

When looking at the development of children’s literature over the past two and a half centuries (which is about all you get, because children’s literature is a distinct and recent entity) two major movements have been influential: Romanticism and Modernism in the 18th and 19th centuriesPostmodernism, Surrealism and a bunch of other -isms came later……

The Little Governess by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

George Dunlop Leslie - Roses

“The Little Governess” (1915) is one of the most functionally useful stories 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……

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……