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Circulating Mansfield

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/9780748641482.003.0009
Circulating Mansfield

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This chapter examines Mansfield's last year of life and Murry's efforts to circulate her legacy after her death. It explores the irony of her being in Paris in 1922—the banner year of international modernism—whilst she was struggling through the last stages of tuberculosis. It discusses her meeting with James Joyce and her reactions to Ulysses. Murry's critiques of Joyce are also analysed, as well as his writing on Proust. Mansfield's final decision to spend the last weeks of her life at Gurdjieff's Institute in Fontainebleau affected Murry's own spiritual awakening. Murry's tendency to mysticism is examined in the last section of this chapter, as is his new editorial venture, the Adelphi, which he devoted to Mansfield's memory and used to publish her writing and his responses to her death.

Keywords: 1922; Paris; Modernism; Joyce; Ulysses; Proust; Gurdjieff; Adelphi; Mysticism; Tuberculosis

Chapter.  7737 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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