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Group E5--Mansfield

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>New Zealand's most famous writer, who was closely associated with D.H. Lawrence and something of a rival of Virginia Wool,  Katherine Mansfield was born in Wellington, New Zealand, into a middle-class colonial family.

Her father, Harold Beauchamp, was a banker and her mother, Annie Burnell Dyer, was of genteel origins

>After an unhappy marriage in 1909 to George Brown, whom she left a few days after the wedding, Mansfield toured for a while as an extra in opera. 

In Bavaria, where Mansfield spent some time, she suffered a miscarriage.

In 1911 Mansfield met John Middleton Murray, a Socialist and former literary critic, who was first a tenant in her flat, then her lover.

>In her last years Mansfield lived much of her time in southern France and in Switzerland, seeking relief from tuberculosis.

>As a part of her treatment in 1922 at an institute, Mansfield had to spend a few hours every day on a platform suspended over a cow manger.


The doll house is a story about children. Although it shows the innocent nature of a childs mind it doesnt relly show the culture of Austrailia. The story showed a distinct class division but all areas around the world have class division. This story didnt really show the nature of Austrailia.

<Kaupunginkirjasto, Kuusankosken. "Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) - Pseudonym of Kathleen Murry, original name Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp." pegasos. 2003. 26 Feb 2007>




Katherine Mansfield
"New Zealand Writers." Katherine Mansfield. New Zealand Book Council. 26 Feb 2007 <http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/writers/mansfieldk.html>.
MANSFIELD, Katherine (1) (1888–1923), was born in Wellington as Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp, into a family with vigorous social ambitions. Her mother was the delicate and aloof Annie Dyer; her father, Harold Beauchamp, a canny and successful businessman.
"Katherine Mansfield." Katherine Mansfield. 2001-05. The Colombia Encyclopedia. 26 Feb 2007 <http://www.bartleby.com/65/ma/MansfielK.html>.
Her original name was Kathleen Beauchamp
Her first volume of short stories, In a German Pension (1911), was not remarkable and achieved little notice, but the stories in Bliss (1920) and The Garden Party (1922) established her as a major writer. Later volumes of stories include The Dove’s Nest (1923) and Something Childish (1924; U.S. ed. The Little Girl, 1924).
"Katherine Mansfield." Katherine Mansfield:1888 - 1923. 2005. Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Te Puakitanga. 26 Feb 2007 <http://www.katherinemansfield.com/mansfield/>.
Pregnant to Garnet Trowell, the son of her childhood music teacher in New Zealand, she married George Bowden, a singing teacher considerably older than herself, whom she left almost immediately.  Her mother responded to the news of this marriage by going to London and taking Mansfield for “treatment” to Bad Worishofen in Bavaria before returning to Wellington for the society wedding of her eldest daughter.     Mansfield miscarried and was not to have any other children
Katherine Mansfield. Spartacus. 26 Feb 2007 <http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Jmansfield.htm>.
In 1912 Mansfield began living with the critic, John Middleton Murry. Mansfield was now introduced to other important figures in the literary world such as D. H. Lawrence, Bertrand Russell, Ottoline Morrell, Leonard Woolf and Virginia Woolf. The death of her brother, Leslie Beauchamp, in 1915, while serving with the army in the First World War, had a profound influence on her writing. This is reflected in her first major work,Prelude (1917).
The Dolls House
  1. Shows children’s joy in possession
  2. Class divisions
  3. Shows ignorance of people ignorance
  4. Reflection of some of her childhood memories
  5. A note on society
Opinion: The story was a good way to show class division and the strict social rules of the time. However, I was not exactly thrilled with the story. I think perhaps if it had been a longer story with more background or something it would have been better.


-The major turning point in Katherine Mansfield's literature came during her reunion with her brother. Becoming closer with her brother just prior to his death on the Western front during the Great War, Katherine started writing pieces that centered around nostalgia and childhood innocence. It was not until after he died that Mansfield came to her final stage of writing which produced some of the most memorable and influential pieces she ever created, including the well renowned "Prelude".

Porter, Katherine E. “Katherine Mansfield.” Tripod.com. 21 Feb. 2007. <http://girlxnamedxred.tripod.com/>

-New Zealand's most famous writer, who was closely associated with D.H. Lawrence and something of a rival of Virginia Woolf. Mansfield's creative years were burdened with loneliness, illness, jealousy, alienation - all this reflected in her work with the bitter depiction of marital and family relationships of her middle-class characters. Her short stories are also notable for their use of stream of consciousness. Like the Russian writer Anton Chekhov, Mansfield depicted trivial events and subtle changes in human behavior.
 “Katherine Mansfield.” Amazon.com. © 2003. 2 Feb. 21 2007. <http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/kmansfi.htm>
-Mansfield’s early school years were spent in Karori, a village in the hills a few miles from Wellington, until the Beauchamps returned to Wellington, to an impressive merchant’s mansion and a more select social program, when she was 11. At first she attended Wellington GC, then Miss Swainson’s private school.
 “MANSFIELD, Katherine.” New Zealand Book Council. 30 July 2001. 21 Feb. 2007. <http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/writers/mansfieldk.html>
-Diagnosed as suffering from tuberculosis, Mansfield moved to the south of France. Mansfield continued to write and two collections of short stories were published: Bliss and Other Stories (1920) and The Garden Party and Other Stories (1922). Katherine Mansfield died in Fontainbleau in 1923. After her death two further collections of short stories were published: The Dove's Nest (1923) and Something Childish (1924). John Middleton Murry edited and arranged for the publication of her Journals (1927) and The Letters of Katherine Mansfield (1928).
 “Katherine Mansfield ” Spartacus Educational. 21 Feb. 2007. <http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Jmansfield.htm>

-The original play is Norwegian, made by Henrik Ibsen.  

A Doll’s House was a revolutionary play, for it was among the first stage dramas of the 19th Century to depict, with extraordinary skill, ordinary life realistically instead of romantically and sentimentally. In so doing, it exposed dirty little secrets about the middle-class values of Norwegians and other Europeans. On a single stage, set up as a single room where all the action takes place, Ibsen slowly opened a fester, allowing the pus to run with hypocrisy, inequality, condescension, deception. The ending of the play shocked audiences of Ibsen's time. Some producers reworked the ending before staging the drama. Today, A Doll’s House represents a turning point in the history of drama. Professor Bjorn Hemmer has written: "More than anyone, he [Ibsen] gave theatrical art a new vitality by bringing into European bourgeois drama an ethical gravity, a psychological depth, and a social significance which the theatre had lacked since the days of Shakespeare. In this manner, Ibsen strongly contributed to giving European drama a vitality and artistic quality comparable to the ancient Greek tragedies." 

Although it shows certain aspects of Austrailian Literature it does not go into detail. The Doll's house could be used to describe life in certain aspect. Particularly class divisons. You couldn't prove to me that this is Austrailian Literature.

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