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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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Katherine Mansfield, Cannibal

Katherine Mansfield, Cannibal

(p.15) Katherine Mansfield, Cannibal
Katherine Mansfield and the (Post)colonial

Aimee Gasston

Edinburgh University Press

Mansfield engaged with concepts of barbarism throughout her career. She displayed a particular fascination with cannibalism as a topic of both political and aesthetic significance. This essay examines material from the fiction and notebooks, specifically the piece ‘Sunday Lunch’ and the poem ‘To LHB’ which looked forward to her finest work.It also considers the wider literary context for these texts, such as the aims and ideals of Rhythm magazine and Oswalde de Andrade’s modernist polemic, the ‘Cannibalist Manifesto’. I suggest that Mansfield moved through a typology of cannibalisms, using anthropophagic tropes to explore settler ambivalence and unsettle categorisations of coloniser and colonised. The article traces Mansfield’s transition from a negative cannibalism of revenge towards a tender anthropophagy of incorporation which allowed her to transcend displacement and find a route to her most accomplished work by returning from Europe to New Zealand through fiction.

Keywords:   Mansfield, modernism, cannibalism, short story, food

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