"Kew Gardens" and "Miss Brill" : Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield as short story writers

Janet M Wilson, Janet Mary Wilson (Editor), Gerri Kimber (Editor)

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Abstract

This chapter considers the literary relationship between Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf, whose complex friendship between 1916 and 1920 is well documented. It suggests possible lines of influence between them, discernible in their experimentation with the short story genre during a formative period for both writers: when Woolf was writing short stories and before she had established her reputation as a novelist, and when Mansfield was approaching the mature style that would make her name as a short story writer par excellence. It will draw a comparison between two stories—Woolf’s “Kew Gardens” (1917), and Mansfield’s “Miss Brill” (1920)—both set in public gardens. As responses to similar settings that exhibit differences of modernist technique and approach the stories can also be read in relation to each other through the lens of Mansfield’s and Woolf’s inconstant friendship and literary rivalry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRe-forming World Literature: Katherine Mansfield and the Modernist Short Story
Place of PublicationStuttgart
PublisherIbidem
Pages113-138
Number of pages325
Volume6
ISBN (Print)9783838211138
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameStudies in world literature

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Kew Gardens
Virginia Woolf
Writer
Katherine Mansfield
Short Story
Friendship
Novelist
Names
Experimentation
Rivalry
Modernist
Formative Period

Keywords

  • Katherine Mansfield
  • Virginia Woolf
  • modernist short story
  • "public gardens" stories
  • "feminized sociology"
  • "Kew Gardens"
  • "Miss Brill"

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Wilson, J. M., Wilson, J. M. (Ed.), & Kimber, G. (Ed.) (2018). "Kew Gardens" and "Miss Brill" : Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield as short story writers. In Re-forming World Literature: Katherine Mansfield and the Modernist Short Story (Vol. 6, pp. 113-138). (Studies in world literature). Stuttgart: Ibidem.
Wilson, Janet M ; Wilson, Janet Mary (Editor) ; Kimber, Gerri (Editor). / "Kew Gardens" and "Miss Brill" : Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield as short story writers. Re-forming World Literature: Katherine Mansfield and the Modernist Short Story. Vol. 6 Stuttgart : Ibidem, 2018. pp. 113-138 (Studies in world literature).
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Re-forming World Literature: Katherine Mansfield and the Modernist Short Story. Vol. 6 Stuttgart : Ibidem, 2018. p. 113-138 (Studies in world literature).

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Wilson JM, Wilson JM, (ed.), Kimber G, (ed.). "Kew Gardens" and "Miss Brill" : Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield as short story writers. In Re-forming World Literature: Katherine Mansfield and the Modernist Short Story. Vol. 6. Stuttgart: Ibidem. 2018. p. 113-138. (Studies in world literature).