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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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‘The Coming Man and Woman’

‘The Coming Man and Woman’

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(p.118) Chapter 6 ‘The Coming Man and Woman’
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Circulating Genius: John Middleton Murry, Katherine Mansfield and D. H. Lawrence
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Sydney Janet Kaplan

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641482.003.0007

This chapter is concerned with the growing success of both Mansfield and Murry. It shows how Mansfield's critical practice parallels Murry's in their mutual concern about the change in consciousness brought about by the Great War, and their disdain for post-war complacency and hypocrisy. Their cautious reaction to modernist innovations is considered in connection with a general progression of their thought towards a consolidation of modernist principles instead of an automatic reaction against traditional literary conventions. The chapter discusses their critiques of literary impressionism, their interest in the concept of impersonality, and their further interactions with Virginia Woolf and T. S. Eliot. Mansfield's tuberculosis continues to affect her marriage to Murry, and she interprets this dilemma in her story, ‘The Man Without a Temperament.’

Keywords:   Critical practice, Great War, Post-war complacency, Literary impressionism, Impersonality, Marriage, 'The Man Without a Temperament', Tuberculosis, Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot

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