If you're a writer honing your craft or an educator teaching Mansfield, you may find these resources useful.
Every Friday the University of Oxford's Ten-Minute Book Club will post a free literary excerpt that you can read in just ten minutes. Each extract has been chosen by Oxford academics, and is paired with free resources and an introduction by an expert suggesting themes or contexts to think about as you read, by yourself or in discussion with family, friends, colleagues, or anyone else you’d like to connect with. Click on the image below to access 'The Fly' by Katherine Mansfield.
Professor of Contemporary Fiction at Chichester University and award-winning author, Alison MacLeod, gives a masterclass at the 2013 Manchester Literature Festival on classic short story writer Katherine Mansfield. Alison's 21-minute talk can be found here, and below are some writing prompts from Comma Press, a Manchester-based publishing house specialising in short stories and translated literature. Other masterclasses by contemporary writers on other literary pioneers such as Chekhov, D. H. Lawrence and Edgar Allen Poe can be found here.
This resource from the United States includes a 'before reading' activity, the story itself with illustrations and prompts alongside, and an 'after reading' activity. Click on one of the pages below to access the full 12-page resource.
These notes are designed to go with a specific Penguin edition of four of Mansfield's stories. However, the basic biographical details for Mansfield, plot summaries, questions and prompts can be used with any edition of the stories. The stories can be found online individually as PDFs via the following links: Bliss, Mr Reginald Peacock's Day, The Doll's House, The Garden Party. Click on one of the pages below to access the full 3-page resource.
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