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Title: Katherine Mansfield and periodical culture
Author: Mourant, Christopher Edward Le Quesne
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2015
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This research project charts Katherine Mansfield's relation to periodical print culture, examining her contributions to the political weekly The New Age, the avant-garde little magazine Rhythm, and the literary journal The Athenaeum. Informed by recent developments in the field of 'modern periodical studies', the project situates Mansfield's writings within the original historical contexts of publication, analysing her periodical contributions in conversation with those made by contemporaries such as Beatrice Hastings, T. E. Hulme, D. H. Lawrence, and Virginia Woolf. Moreover, the thesis accounts for the critical consensus that formed about Mansfield after her death, assessing how her reputation was mediated within The Adelphi. This project is based upon original archival research, providing the first critical examination of a recently discovered short story and collection of aphorisms by Mansfield. The thesis argues that the discipline of 'modern periodical studies' can extend our understanding of Mansfield's work beyond the limitations of biographical analysis, opening up new perspectives and revealing hidden connections. The case study of Mansfield also allows for an examination of the twentieth-century periodical form as a space of 'mediation': a space that helped to enact conversations and controversies, as well as enable particular negotiations of polymorphic identity and geographical liminality. In particular, the thesis examines the periodical form as a space in which Mansfield negotiated the ambiguities of her colonial identity, positioning her writing between the global periphery and metropolitan centre. In this way, the thesis integrates ideas of the recent 'transnational turn' in modernist studies into the field of periodical scholarship.
Supervisor: Snaith, Anna Lucy ; Davison, Claire ; Saunders, Max William Mill Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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