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Illness, gender, and writing : the case of Katherine Mansfield

Author: Mary Burgan
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Katherine Mansfield is remembered for writing brilliant short stories that helped to initiate the modernist period in British fiction, and for the fact that her life - lived at a feverish pace on the fringes of Bloomsbury during the First World War - ended after a prolonged battle with pulmonary disease when she was only thirty-four years old. While her life was marred by emotional and physical afflictions of the  Read more...
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Burgan, Mary.
Illness, gender, and writing.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994
(OCoLC)625187777
Named Person: Katherine Mansfield; Katherine Mansfield; Katherine Mansfield; Katherine Mansfield; Katherine Mansfield; Katherine Mansfield; Katherine Mansfield; Katherine Mansfield; Katherine Mansfield
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Burgan
ISBN: 0801848733 9780801848735
OCLC Number: 29876820
Notes: Spine title: Illness, gender & writing.
Description: xxii, 217 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Other Titles: Illness, gender & writing.
Responsibility: Mary Burgan.
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Katherine Mansfield is remembered for writing brilliant short stories that helped to initiate the modernist period in British fiction, and for the fact that her life - lived at a feverish pace on the fringes of Bloomsbury during the First World War - ended after a prolonged battle with pulmonary disease when she was only thirty-four years old. While her life was marred by emotional and physical afflictions of the most extreme kind, argues Mary Burgan in Illness, Gender, and Writing, her stories have seemed to exist in isolation from those afflictions - as stylish expressions of the "new," as romantic triumphs of art over tragic circumstances, or as wavering expressions of Mansfield's early feminism. In the first book to look at the continuum of a writer's life and work in terms of that writer's various illnesses, Burgan explores Katherine Mansfield's recurrent emotional and physical afflictions as the ground of her writing. Mansfield is remarkably suited to this approach, Burgan contends, because her "illnesses" ranged from such early psychological afflictions as separation anxiety, body image disturbances, and fear of homosexuality to bodily afflictions that included miscarriage and abortion, venereal disease, and tuberculosis. Offering a thorough and provocative reading of Mansfield's major texts, Illness, Gender, and Writing shows how Mansfield negotiated her illnesses and, in so doing, sheds new light on the study of women's creativity. Mansfield's drive toward self-integration, Burgan concludes, was her strategy for writing - and for staying alive.

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