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Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf: A Public of Two

Angela Smith


Long after the death of Katherine Mansfield (1888–1923), Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) described being haunted by her in dreams. Through detailed comparative readings of their fiction, letters, and diaries, this book explores the intense affinity between the two writers. Their particular inflection of modernism is interpreted through their shared experience as ‘threshold people’, familiar with the liminal, for each of them a zone of transition and habitation. Writing at a time when the First World War and changing attitudes to empire problematized boundaries and definitions of foreignness, this b ... More

Keywords: Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, modernism, threshold people, liminal, First World War, foreignness, empire, dreams, disorienting suspension

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198183983
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183983.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angela Smith, author
University of Stirling