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The Tree of Knowledge: New Insights on Katherine Mansfield, Oscar Wilde and ‘A Woman’
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2968-4867
2017 (English)In: Katherine Mansfield and Russia / [ed] Gerri Kimber, W. Todd Martin, Galya Diment, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017, 175-189 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter examines in detail a number of unattributed quotations taken from the journals of 1907, signed ‘O.W.’, ‘A Woman’ and ‘A.W.’. I call into question the critical heritage on these signatures, which has taken them to refer to Oscar Wilde and to Mansfield herself, an error traced to the early work of John Middleton Murry. This article instead establishes Mansfield’s hitherto unknown source as the novel The Tree of Knowledge, by an anonymous author, and offers a close reading of the Mansfield’s use of the novel in these pages. The article concludes by speculating as to the author, and as to how Mansfield came to read the text.

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Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017. 175-189 p.
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Katherine Mansfield, Oscar Wilde, The Tree of Knowledge, John Middleton Murry, Modernism, Aestheticism, Decadence
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-146845ISBN: 9781474426138 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-146845DiVA: diva2:1140845
Available from: 2017-09-13 Created: 2017-09-13 Last updated: 2017-09-15

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