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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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Home and Abroad in the South Pacific

Home and Abroad in the South Pacific

Spaces and Places in Robert Louis Stevenson and Katherine Mansfield’s Short Fiction

(p.102) Home and Abroad in the South Pacific
Katherine Mansfield and the (Post)colonial

Stefanie Rudig

Edinburgh University Press

This essay focuses on the parallels between two (proto-)modernist stories: ‘The Beach of Falesá’ by Robert Louis Stevenson and Katherine Mansfield’s ‘Prelude’. Even though the authors’ movements across the Pacific were diametrically opposed, their novella-length stories lend themselves to a comparison; both writers explore notions of home and of simultaneous belonging and alienation. Stevenson, whose fame relies largely on his adventure stories, writes against a Eurocentric textualisation of the South Pacific in his realist rendering of a cross-cultural romance, thus challenging the traditional dichotomy between ‘them’ and ‘us’. By contrast, Mansfield writes back to her homeland, placing the Burnell/Fairfield family in the New Zealand setting to investigate questions of identity and home as fluid and dynamic concepts. As both authors re-evaluate the relationship between self and other, between the strange and the familiar, they show that the difference between traversed and transgressive space is a thin line.

Keywords:   Katherine Mansfield, Robert Louis Stevenson, Pacific, home, belonging, displacement

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