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Katherine Mansfield and Periodical Culture$
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Chris Mourant

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474439459

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439459.001.0001

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The New Age: Gender, Nation and Empire

The New Age: Gender, Nation and Empire

(p.33) Chapter 1 The New Age: Gender, Nation and Empire
Katherine Mansfield and Periodical Culture

Chris Mourant

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 1 examines the ways in which Mansfield unsettled established ideas about nationhood and empire by responding to the politics of individualist feminism in the pages of The New Age, edited by A. R. Orage. In particular, this chapter traces textual convergences between Mansfield’s writings and work published in The New Age by its shadow co-editor, Beatrice Hastings. Like Mansfield, Hastings was an ‘outsider’ in London; born in South Africa, her writings demonstrate a sustained engagement with the politics of empire and offer a radical critique of the metropolitan consensus about gender and female suffrage. Through an analysis of original archival findings, including a short story and aphorisms, it is argued that Mansfield’s writings helped to augment Hastings’s critique of liberal feminism, thereby unsettling and challenging established ideas about marriage and motherhood, nationhood and the empire.

Keywords:   The New Age, Beatrice Hastings, A. R. Orage, nation, empire, gender, feminism, marriage, motherhood, individualism

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