Katherine Mansfield: Become Better Acquainted with Bliss

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What’s it all about?

Born in New Zealand, Kathleen Mansfield was a prominent modernist short story writer. She wrote under the pen name Katherine Mansfield.

At 19, Mansfield left New Zealand and settled in the United Kingdom, where she became a friend of modernist writers such as D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf.

Her delicate works of fiction explore a modern woman’s engagement with love, art, solitude, impending death, and war. She subtly touches upon the more controversial elements of sexuality and gender during the early twentieth century.

What will we cover?

In this lesson we will:

  • Explore the history of Mansfield’s life and works.
  • Become better acquainted with several of her texts.
  • Explore modernism feminist theory in relation to Mansfield’s works.
  • Consider and discuss how these texts are relevant to today’s society.

Who will be teaching?

Hannah Tyrell profile pictureHannah Tyrell holds a First Classification degree in English Literature and has taught English in many educational settings, specialising in women’s writing and feminist theory.