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Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf$
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Gerri Kimber, Todd Martin, and Christine Froula

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474439657

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439657.001.0001

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Powers of Disgust: Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf

Powers of Disgust: Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf

(p.11) Powers of Disgust: Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf
Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf

Maud Ellmann

Edinburgh University Press

Woolf and Mansfield are often noted for their lyricism, but they also share a powerful undercurrent of disgust. This essay considers how recent theories of disgust pertain to their writing, especially to Mansfield’s In a German Pension and Woolf’s The Years. It concludes with a comparison of two short stories, Woolf’s “The Duchess and the Jeweller” (1938) and Mansfield’s ‘Je ne parle pas français’, which have aroused disgusted reactions in their readers.

Keywords:   Woolf, Mansfield, Kristeva, Ngai, disgust, food, cannibalism

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