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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 Silence is Broken’: Katherine Mansfield and the ‘Manifesto Moment’

‘The Silence is Broken’: Katherine Mansfield and the ‘Manifesto Moment’

(p.65) Chapter 5 ‘The Silence is Broken’: Katherine Mansfield and the ‘Manifesto Moment’
Katherine Mansfield and Literary Influence

Susan Reid

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores Katherine Mansfield’s desire to influence other writers through exchange as ‘a quieter rehearsal of ideas amongst friends and artists’, an alternative to the ‘high manifesto’ favoured by her male contemporaries and collaborators D. H. Lawrence and John Middleton Murry. Mansfield's letters, a form premised on exchange, reveal her conscious desire and determination to impress her ideas about art and life on her contemporaries. This chapter prioritises literary influence through the text itself, illustrating how, through her stories, reviews and letters, Mansfield was able to exert influence even at a distance from her friends and colleagues, exploiting her position as a successful, published writer to didactically advise others.

Keywords:   Katherine Mansfield, D. H. Lawrence, John Middleton Murry, literary influence, manifesto, modernism, letters, literary criticism

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