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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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‘The Twilight of Language’: The Young Evelyn Waugh on ‘Catherine’ Mansfield

‘The Twilight of Language’: The Young Evelyn Waugh on ‘Catherine’ Mansfield

(p.21) Chapter 2 ‘The Twilight of Language’: The Young Evelyn Waugh on ‘Catherine’ Mansfield
Katherine Mansfield and Literary Influence

Naomi Milthorpe

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter offers the first account of Katherine Mansfield's literary connections to Evelyn Waugh. It exposes the satiric potential of literary influence through a consideration of Waugh's schoolboy paper ‘The Twilight of Language’ (1921). Milthorpe describes satire as ‘a mode of writing by necessity alive to outside in influence’ and notes the significant intertextual parallels of narrative, theme and technique between Mansfield's ‘Bliss’ (1918) and Waugh's A Handful of Dust (1934), making the case that Waugh’s response to modernism should be interpreted not as rejection, but instead as ‘a destructive misreading that generates a parodic likeness’.

Keywords:   Katherine Mansfield, Evelyn Waugh, literary influence, modernism, parody, satire, 'Bliss', 'The Twilight of Language', A Handful of Dust

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