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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 Meeting of Katherine Mansfield and Eve Langley

The Meeting of Katherine Mansfield and Eve Langley

(p.180) Chapter 13 The Meeting of Katherine Mansfield and Eve Langley
Katherine Mansfield and Literary Influence

Bonny Cassidy

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores the synergies between the life and work of Katherine Mansfield and the Australian novelist Eve Langley. Mansfield and Langley shared similar life experiences and artistic concerns, as well as a mutual sense of psychological and sexual ‘otherness’, underpinned by their dual enchantment with Oscar Wilde. It argues that the captivating influence of ‘Oscar’ on both writers also framed the nature of Mansfield’s influence on Langley: ‘a scenario of “doubled” influence, whereby Mansfield acts as a medium for the values Wilde represented’.

Keywords:   Katherine Mansfield, Eve Langley, Oscar Wilde, literary influence, sexuality, Australian literature, women’s writing

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