The short fiction of modernist author Katherine Mansfield, in particular her work written during World War I, provides a distinctive glimpse into the civilian culture of war. Mansfield uses food imagery in her writing to accentuate a shifting sensibility and profoundly emotional response to her own experience of the war. Embedded throughout her letters, notebooks, and short fiction written during and soon after the Great War, are references to food, especially to meat. Mansfield's food imagery and her artistic manipulation of the act of consuming food politicizes her work and compels a reconsideration of several pieces of short fiction which engage the event of war.
“Mais vous savez, c'est un peu degoutant, ça”: Katherine Mansfield, Food, and the Indiscretions of the Great War
Tracy Bilsing is Associate Professor of English at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Her scholarly and pedagogical interests include Kipling, Woolf, Mansfield, Lawrence, and other World War I–era British authors. She has published on a range of topics (literary and visual) with war as a backdrop: the use of WWII airplane nose art as propaganda; the break in the masculine community because of WWI in Lawrence's short fiction; and Kipling's deeply fractured sentiments about the Great War.
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Tracy Bilsing; “Mais vous savez, c'est un peu degoutant, ça”: Katherine Mansfield, Food, and the Indiscretions of the Great War. Gastronomica 1 November 2015; 15 (4): 50–58. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2015.15.4.50
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