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Circulating Genius: John Middleton Murry, Katherine Mansfield and D. H. Lawrence$
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Sydney Janet Kaplan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641482

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641482.001.0001

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From Still Life to ‘Bliss’

From Still Life to ‘Bliss’

Chapter:
(p.57) Chapter 3 From Still Life to ‘Bliss’
Source:
Circulating Genius: John Middleton Murry, Katherine Mansfield and D. H. Lawrence
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Sydney Janet Kaplan

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641482.003.0004

The chapter begins with an intertextual reading of Mansfield's short story, ‘Bliss’ and Murry's Still Life. That reading emphasises differences between Murry and Mansfield in their fictional treatment of the concept of ‘bliss’, female sexuality, bisexuality, and the power dynamics of marriage. The chapter then explores the ways that Murry's and Mansfield's relations with Lady Ottoline Morrell underlie the structure of ‘Bliss’. It considers how these relations mark a general shift from the influence of Lawrence to that of Bloomsbury on Murry and Mansfield.

Keywords:   Still Life, 'Bliss', Female sexuality, Bisexuality, Marriage, Lady Ottoline Morrell, Lawrence, Bloomsbury

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