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Katherine Mansfield's World War I Short Stories

The Great War directly impacted the short story writer, Katherine Mansfield. Her youngest sibling, Leslie, died within a few days of arriving in Belgium in 1915. She experienced the loss of several friends, including the poet, Rupert Brook. Mansfield travelled into the “zone of the army” for an affair and was in Paris when it was bombarded. In a letter to her husband, Mansfield criticized her friend, Virginia Woolf, of perpetrating “a lie in the soul” for leaving the war out of her writing, criticism that would have meant little unless Mansfield had found a way to write about it. Class size is kept small to facilitate discussion.

Instructor Bio:

Richard Cappuccio is a retired educator and member of both the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace and the Katherine Mansfield Society. He has presented talks about Mansfield at conferences on three continents and has published articles about Mansfield in scholarly journals. He is a member of the Virginia Arts of the Book Center and tends his garden in Charlottesville.

Required Reading:

Most of the stories are available in Katherine Mansfield, Stories, Jeffrey Meyers, ed. (Vintage Classics, 1991); used copies are generally available online in ample numbers. I'll provide online links to the works that are not in that edition. There are also modestly priced e-book editions of Mansfield’s collected stories.

Recommended Reading:

Alpers, Antony. The Life of Katherine Mansfield, 1982. 


Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B205 Richard Cappuccio Apr 17, 24, May 1 Tu 1:00-2:30 p.m. African American Heritage Center WL

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