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Katherine Mansfield (Beauchamp) 1888 (Wellington, New Zealand) – 1923 (Fontainebleau, France) Socially prominent and wealthy family Talented cello player Started writing at college (Queen’s College in London) Published her first short stories in 1906 in New Zealand

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Katherine Mansfield (Beauchamp)

  • 1888 (Wellington, New Zealand) – 1923 (Fontainebleau, France)
  • Socially prominent and wealthy family
  • Talented cello player
  • Started writing at college (Queen’s College in London)
  • Published her first short stories in 1906 in New Zealand
  • Left NZ in 1908 for good
  • Travelled through Europe, bohemian lifestyle
  • The only writer Virgina Woolf was jealous of
  • Bisexual: few lesbian relationships
  • 1909: Became pregnant of one man, married another (George Bowden), who she left the same day she married him; miscarriage
  • Death of brother in World War I in 1915
  • Married John Middleton Murry in 1918
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Suffered of depression and tuberculosis

  • Died of the complications of tuberculosis in 1923
  • Chosen short story: The Lady’s Maid about a maid who is telling a “madam” about her life serving her lady.
  • Published in 1922 in The Garden Party and Other Short Stories.
  • Modernist writer
    • peak of modernism between 1900 – 1920
    • pessimistic view of life
    • common theme: a dysfunctional individual trying in vain to make sense of an urban and fragmented society.
    • reaction to the emergence of city life as a central force in society.
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Style characteristic: free indirect speech (a combination of 3rd person narration combined with 1st person direct speech. Usage of rhethorical questions).

  • Example of free indirect speech
  • He laid down his bundle and thought of his misfortune. And just what pleasure had he found, since he came into this world?
  • In The Lady’s Maid Katherine Mansfield uses this technique as well but this time by talking to an unknown madam. The effect is the same.
  • ...Of course, I couldn\'t. I had my young ladies. And what would I have looked like on a donkey in my uniform?
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