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Katherine Mansfield and Russia

Kimber, G., Martin, W. T. and Diment, G., (eds.) (2017) Katherine Mansfield and Russia. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 9781474426138.

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Abstract: Examines the 'Russian influence' on both Mansfield’s craft as a short story writer and her life choices Katherine Mansfield’s passion for Russian literature and culture is well documented in her letters and notebooks. Anton Chekhov was not just one of her most significant literary influences, but also a mythological presence with whom she mentally communicated every day. The emotional bond became even stronger when she discovered that the two of them shared the same deadly disease. But her fascination with Russia and its culture extended beyond Chekov and included the Ballets Russes and an interest in Russian politics, in part sparked by Maxim Gorky. She also read and assimilated several other Russian writers, including Fyodor Dostoevsky and Marie Bashkirtseff as well as Leo Tolstoy. This volume presents essays that engage with many aspects of Mansfield’s response to all things Russian as well as to the Russians she met in England and France. In addition, the volume presents a collection of images of Gurdjieff’s Institute at Fontainebleau, several of which have never been seen before.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR8309 English literature: Provincial, local, etc. > PR9639.3 New Zealand literature
Editors: Kimber, Gerri, Martin, W Todd and Diment, Galya
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Education & Humanities > English and Creative Writing
Faculties > Faculty of Education & Humanities > English and Creative Writing
Date: 1 September 2017
Date Type: Publication
Series Name: Katherine Mansfield studies
Number: 9
Place of Publication: Edinburgh
Number of Pages: 240
Language: English
ISBN: 9781474426138
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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