This chapter traces the lodestar role that Katherine Mansfield played for the Australian literary critic Nettie Palmer. Palmer’s literary archive reveals her enchantment with Mansfield as a reader, writer and literary journalist, highlighting the impact of Mansfield’s posthumously published personal writing on her. Mansfield’s presence in Palmer’s archive exposes a thread of literary influence between literary critics and, through Palmer, to an even wider network of literary correspondents. In Palmer’s reviews, letters and notebooks Mansfield alters, chameleon-like, to fit her purpose: the successful colonial writer in exile, the mourned absent contemporary and the incisive literary critic who prompts Palmer to reflect on her own professional writing.
|Title of host publication||Katherine Mansfield and Literary Influence|
|Editors||Sarah Ailwood, Melinda Harvey|
|Place of Publication||Edinburgh, UK|
|Publisher||Edinburgh University Press|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|