The Introduction begins by arguing for the significance of psychology as part of Mansfield’s intellectual background, noting her description of a story as a ‘psychological study’ in 1908, well in advance of her likely knowledge of Freud and probably with reference to the wider network of late nineteenth century psychology. This rapidly growing discipline generated widespread public interest in the question of mind and the relationship between consciousness and sensation and, in consequence, several contributors to this volume argue for convergences between Mansfield’s fiction and the work of psychologists such as William James, Henri Bergson and Théodule Ribot. Having positioned Mansfield in relation to psychology the Introduction goes on to map the diverse ways in which the contributors to this volume mobilise psychoanalysis for readings of Mansfield’s work.
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