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‘My Blundering Way of Learning’: Murry's <i>Still Life</i>

Sydney Janet Kaplan

in Circulating Genius: John Middleton Murry, Katherine Mansfield and D. H. Lawrence

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641482
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671595 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641482.003.0002
‘My Blundering Way of Learning’: Murry's Still Life

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This chapter situates Murry's first novel, Still Life, within the frameworks of his friendship with D.H. and Frieda Lawrence and his intimate relationship with Katherine Mansfield. It discusses the impact of Lawrence's ideas about sexuality on Murry's treatment of sex in Still Life, and also takes up the issues of repressed homosexuality and homosocial desire in his friendships with Lawrence, Gordon Campbell, and Gaudier-Brzeska. Mansfield's bisexuality is discussed in relation to Murry's treatment of lesbianism in his novel. The chapter analyses Murry's writing process and his difficulty in following nineteenth-century narrative conventions to write a modernist novel.

Keywords: Still Life; Lawrence; Mansfield; Homosocial desire; Homosexuality; Narrative conventions; Gaudier-Brzeska; Sexuality; Lesbianism; Bisexuality; Modernist novel

Chapter.  11446 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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