World War I Short Fiction Criticism: Entente/Allied Alliance - Essay

Criticism: Entente/Allied Alliance

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Darrohn, Christine. “‘Blown to Bits!’: Katherine Mansfield's ‘The Garden Party’ and the Great War.” Modern Fiction Studies 44, no. 3 (fall 1998): 513-39.

[In the following essay, Darrohn maintains that Katherine Mansfield's well-known story “The Garden Party” provides insight into how society struggled to recover from the brutality of World War I, a “war that jeopardizes the integrity of physical bodies as well as the stability of social categories.”]

“Blown to bits!”

That is how Katherine Mansfield, still in shock just a few days after learning of her brother's death in the war, described him to a friend....

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