Lyric compression in the stories of Katherine Mansfield

Brian Hughes
1988 Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses  
This paper begins by stressing the need f'or a more critical approach to the work of Katherine Mansfield, accounts of which tend often to rely on purely biographical material. After discussing the relative failure of In a Germán Pensión, which is attributed to a want of focus in the narrative point of view, the essay goes on to suggest that, in the iater work, the twin techniques of highlighting and epiphany (the privileging of certain lyrical hioments of symbolic visión) enable Katherine
more » ... ble Katherine Mansfield to construct more satisfaetory narratives in which judgemenls are implied rather than stated. Without denying the importance of Mansfield's personal experiences as source material, or the relatively well-documented influence of Chekhov, the paper stresses the importance in her development of early-century literary theory and practice, especially the current of Modernism as it affected the lyric in particular. It is suggested that this helps to account f'or the poetic nature of Katherine Mansfield's most characteristic work. ll'j-
doi:10.14198/raei.1988.1.08 fatcat:w26v7hvserf3tf6mpit7unwao4