Universidad de Granada Digibug
 

Repositorio Institucional de la Universidad de Granada >
1.-Investigación >
Departamentos, Grupos de Investigación e Institutos >
Departamento de Filologías Inglesa y Alemana >
DFIA - Artículos >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10481/24884

Title: The Postmodernist Katherine Mansfield: beyond the self of Modernism in "The Garden-Party"
Authors: Rodríguez-Salas, Gerardo
Issue Date: 2005
Abstract: Katherine Mansfield is a New Zealand writer traditionally located within the English modernist literary canon. In her fictional approach to the human subject, however, she seems to go beyond the modernist perception of the “allotropic self” of such authors as T. S. Eliot or D. H. Lawrence (a traceable transcendental essence that hides behind social artifice), and to approach the endlessly split subject of postmodernism with its evanescent selfhood. Since postmodernism is a “buzzword” (Woods 1999) or “an anything goes approach” (Kilian 1998), this study selects the theoretical rationale of a number of prestigious postmodernist critics that will validate a perception of Mansfield’s treatment of the human subject as postmodernist, particularly in her story “The Garden-Party” (1921), which is analyzed in detail. Such critics as Dennis Brown (1989) or Eric Mark Krame (1997) set a clear-cut distinction between modernism, as a platonic or monolithic movement that traces an essential identity beyond social chaos, and postmodernism, as a “heraclitan” and radically plural trend that ends up in an eternally split subject never to be systematized. Hence, this article departs from several postmodernist concepts (Harper’s “sublime”, 1994; Wilde’s “indetermanence”, 1981; Barthes’s “hermeneutic code”, 1987; Anderson’s “multiphrenia”, 1996) to prove that Mansfield’s narrative differs from traditional modernism in its closeness to these theoretical presuppositions that she preceded by several decades before the “official” outburst of postmodernism.
Keywords: Postmodernism
Katherine Mansfield
Modernism
Short story
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10481/24884
ISSN: 1496-9580
Citation: Rodríguez-Salas, G. The Postmodernist Katherine Mansfield: beyond the self of Modernism in "The Garden-Party". Agora, 3(2): 1-11 (2005). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/24884]
Appears in Collections:DFIA - Artículos

Files in This Item:

File Description SizeFormat
Rodriguez-Salas, G. 2005. Postmodernist Katherine Mansfield. Agora 3.2.pdf246.55 kBAdobe PDFView/Open
Recommend this item

This item is licensed under a Creative Commons License
Creative Commons

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

 

Valid XHTML 1.0! OpenAire compliant DSpace Software Copyright © 2002-2007 MIT and Hewlett-Packard - Feedback

© Universidad de Granada