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Katherine Mansfield and Russia$
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Galya Diment, Gerri Kimber, and W. Todd Martin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474426138

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474426138.001.0001

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‘A child of the sun’: Katherine Mansfield, Orientalism and Gurdjieff

‘A child of the sun’: Katherine Mansfield, Orientalism and Gurdjieff

(p.41) ‘A child of the sun’: Katherine Mansfield, Orientalism and Gurdjieff
Katherine Mansfield and Russia

Gerri Kimber

Edinburgh University Press

Less than two years after KM’s arrival in London in 1908 to pursue her dream of becoming a writer, the enormous Japanese exhibition was held at in London from May to October 1910. It was a concerted and systematic attempt by Japan to explain its traditional society and arts, modern industry and empire to Great Britain, and over 8 million visitors attended. Mansfield took to wearing a kimono at home, read the poems of Yone Noguchi, and Okakura’s The Book of Tea, and talked about visiting Japan. There were Japanese allusions in both her fiction and her personal writing for the rest of her life. In addition, in 1922, Mansfield’s life was transformed by a book entitled Cosmic Anatomy and the Structure of the Ego, whose Eastern mystic philosophy she wholeheartedly embraced, and which drove her to seek a spiritual cure for her diseased body, since physical cures had proved worthless. The final three months of her life were spent at Gurdjieff’s Institute in Fontainebleau, immersed in eastern esoteric teaching.

Keywords:   Katherine Mansfield, G. I. Gurdjieff, A. R. Orage, The Book of Tea, Cosmic Anatomy, The Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man Fontainebleau-Avon

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