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Katherine Mansfield and the (Post)colonial$
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Janet Wilson, Gerri Kimber, and Delia da Sousa Correa

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748669097

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748669097.001.0001

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Editing the New Collected Fiction of Katherine Mansfield, 2 vols (Edinburgh

Editing the New Collected Fiction of Katherine Mansfield, 2 vols (Edinburgh

Edinburgh University Press, 2012), Gerri Kimber and Vincent O’Sullivan, eds

(p.181) Editing the New Collected Fiction of Katherine Mansfield, 2 vols (Edinburgh
Katherine Mansfield and the (Post)colonial

Vincent O’Sullivan

Edinburgh University Press

This report addresses the complexity of compiling a collected edition of Mansfield’s fiction, particularly in light of her desire not to have every scrap of her work saved. The Editors felt that they best served scholars by opting to organize the stories in a strictly chronological order, enabling readers and researchers to make connections, to trace filaments of style, emphasis and thematic obsession, to align and realign patterns of emotional force – allowing them, in essence, to watch Mansfield’s biography emerge. What the editors of this edition aimed for, along with completeness, was temporal accuracy. Despite occasional problems which could not easily be resolved – as with the fragmented manuscript of Juliet it has almost always been possible to assign a story to its particular year, and, for the most part, to a precise point in that year, so as to reproduce the correct order of composition.

Keywords:   Juliet, influence, biography, style, theme, arrangement of stories, Collected Fiction of Katherine Mansfield

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