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Katherine Mansfield and Literary Influence$
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Sarah Ailwood and Melinda Harvey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694419

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694419.001.0001

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‘Like a thousand reflections of my own hands in a dark mirror’: Katherine Mansfield and Literary Influence

‘Like a thousand reflections of my own hands in a dark mirror’: Katherine Mansfield and Literary Influence

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Katherine Mansfield and Literary Influence
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Sarah Ailwood

Melinda Harvey

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694419.003.0001

This chapter extends the theorisation of literary influence beyond arguments put forward by Harold Bloom (around anxiety) and Bonnie Kime Scott (around modernist coteries) by asserting that it is blind to temporal, spatial and cultural boundaries. It argues that revisiting influence as a driver of literary creativity is critical as literary theory seeks once again to situate texts and think about the author. Katherine Mansfield is an apposite study for influence in a variety of registers - including ambivalence, exchange, identification, imitation, enchantment and legacy - because of her rich engagement with her literary predecessors and contemporaries, and the degree to which she impacted inheritors across time and place.

Keywords:   Katherine Mansfield, literary influence, Harold Bloom, Anxiety, literary theory, authorship, ‘The Modern Soul’

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