Katherine Mansfield’s French Lives explores how both the literary, cultural, editorial and biographical influence of French arts and philosophy, and life as an émigré in France shaped Mansfield’s evolution as a key modernist writer, while setting her within the geographies and cultural dynamics of Anglo-French modernism.
Mansfield’s many stays in France were decisive in intellectual, personal and psychological terms: discovering ‘Murry’s Paris’ and the Left Bank; escaping to the War Zone to join Francis Carco; living as a civilian in wartime during the bombardments of Paris; travelling and finding lodgings as a single woman in war-ravaged towns; the experience of bereavement and debilitating ill-health abroad; and the joys and pitfalls for an outsider of a foreign land and idiom.
Claire Davison is Professor of Modernist Studies at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, and specialises in trans-European and transmedial modernisms. She is the author of
Translation as Collaboration: Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield and S. S. Koteliansky (Edinburgh University Press, 2014).
Dr Gerri Kimber is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Northampton and Chair of the international Katherine Mansfield Society. She is co-editor of
Katherine Mansfield Studies, and the Series Editor of the 4 vol.
Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Katherine Mansfield (2012-16).
Part One: Mansfield in France
Sydney Janet Kaplan
Mansfield and Murry’s Sojourns in France: A Bi-National Quarrel
Un profession de foi pour toujours: Katherine Mansfield and Beatrice Hastings in France