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Katherine Mansfield and Psychology$
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Clare Hanson, Gerri Kimber, and W. Todd Martin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474417532

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417532.001.0001

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Patriarchal Pink: Gender Signification in Katherine Mansfield’s ‘The Little Governess’

Patriarchal Pink: Gender Signification in Katherine Mansfield’s ‘The Little Governess’

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(p.165) Patriarchal Pink: Gender Signification in Katherine Mansfield’s ‘The Little Governess’
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Katherine Mansfield and Psychology
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Bronwen Fetters

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417532.003.0015

Katherine Mansfield’s 1915 short story ‘The Little Governess’ mentions pink – in varying settings of safety, sexuality, and subversion. In this story and her correspondence, Mansfield uses the color pink, a sign prescribed to the world of the twentieth-century female, to challenge these very same societal expectations she employs. By writing in a characteristically female way that still highlights the patriarchal reality, Mansfield both subverts and lives within the gendered norms of her time.

Keywords:   Katherine Mansfield, ‘The Little Governess’, pink, female space, gender, femininity, subversion

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