Tag: modernist

  • Germans At Meat by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    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?

    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 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…

  • 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 centuries Postmodernism, Surrealism and a bunch of other -isms came…

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • The Little Governess by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    The Little Governess by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    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

    A Blaze by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “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

    Poison by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    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.

  • Taking The Veil by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    Taking The Veil by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “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…

  • Feuille d’Album by Katherine Mansfield Analysis

    Feuille d’Album by Katherine Mansfield Analysis

    “Feuille d’Album” (1917) is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, included in the Bliss collection. The word ‘album’ comes from Latin, neuter of albus ‘white’, and used as a noun means ‘a blank tablet’. This is the story of a man who appears to have no personality. Because of this, a group of women become fascinated by him,…

  • 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.