Katherine Mansfield, Nettie Palmer and Critical Influence


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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKatherine Mansfield and Literary Influence
EditorsSarah Ailwood, Melinda Harvey
Place of PublicationEdinburgh, UK
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780748694426
ISBN (Print)9780748694419
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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