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The Garden Party: And Other Stories

by Katherine Mansfield

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Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 150

Investigate the literary movement of Modernism in the 1920s. You may want to consult sources such as A Homemade World: The American Modernist Writers, by Hugh Kenner (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989), and The First Moderns: Profiles in the Origins of Twentieth-Century Thought, by William R. Everdell (University of Chicago Press, 1997). What contributions did Katherine Mansfield make to the then literary avant-garde? What were some of other modernist innovations in poetry, in art and in music?

Research one of the major historical topics of the 1920s and before: World War I the rise of fascism, the spread of Marxism, British imperialism, the European and American stock markets, unionism, feminism, gay life. How did these events affect the rich? In what ways did they affect the poor differently?

Investigate Katherine Mansfield's correspondence and journals. Consider the connections between their subjects of concern and the concerns of her fiction, especially "The Garden Party."

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