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Mansfield Mobilised: Katherine Mansfield, the Great War and Military Discourse

Mansfield Mobilised: Katherine Mansfield, the Great War and Military Discourse <jats:p> This article examines the military discourse that Katherine Mansfield appropriated in her letters, focusing on three particular letter clusters from 1915, 1918, and 1919. I argue that the First World War and its accompanying rhetoric provided an important stimulus for Mansfield's writing and later functioned as a counter-trope for her own personally more serious battle with illness. Both Mansfield's deliberate and unintentional incorporation of military discourse in her correspondence resulted in a hybridized figurative language – an example of what Allyson Booth has called elsewhere ‘civilian modernism’ – which was significant for Mansfield's later literary development, and more broadly for our understanding of literary modernism. </jats:p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Mansfield Mobilised: Katherine Mansfield, the Great War and Military Discourse

Modernist Cultures , Volume 12 (1): 78 – Mar 1, 2017

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Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© Edinburgh University Press 2017
Subject
Articles; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
ISSN
2041-1022
eISSN
1753-8629
DOI
10.3366/mod.2017.0157
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<jats:p> This article examines the military discourse that Katherine Mansfield appropriated in her letters, focusing on three particular letter clusters from 1915, 1918, and 1919. I argue that the First World War and its accompanying rhetoric provided an important stimulus for Mansfield's writing and later functioned as a counter-trope for her own personally more serious battle with illness. Both Mansfield's deliberate and unintentional incorporation of military discourse in her correspondence resulted in a hybridized figurative language – an example of what Allyson Booth has called elsewhere ‘civilian modernism’ – which was significant for Mansfield's later literary development, and more broadly for our understanding of literary modernism. </jats:p>

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2017

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