‘A Furious Bliss’

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:
‘A Furious Bliss’

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The chapter begins with a contrast between Mansfield's and Lawrence's metaphorical use of the words ‘stillness’ and ‘bliss’ and their differing concepts of epiphanic experience and individual freedom. It discusses the impact of Mansfield's tuberculosis on her writing and on her life with Murry. Mansfield's story, ‘Je ne parle pas francais’, written in Bandol, France, where she had travelled in hopes of recovery, is the focus of this chapter. The story is examined in relation to Mansfield's reactions to her separation from Murry and its intertextual connections with Still Life. The chapter also analyses the correspondence between the couple during Mansfield's stay in France, which becomes a collaborative epistolary text, and culminates in Mansfield's descriptions of the bombardment of Paris in March, 1918.

Keywords: 'Je ne parle pas francais'; France; Bombardment of Paris; Epistolary text; Mansfield; Murry; Lawrence; Tuberculosis

Chapter.  11021 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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