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Analysis on the Tragical Existential Plight of Heroines in Katherine Mansfield’s Novel

Author: ZengXiaoQin
Tutor: YangZhengHe
School: Jiangxi Normal University
Course: Comparative Literature and World Literature
Keywords: Mansfield existential plight Feminism
Type: Master's thesis
Year: 2011
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Katherine Mansfield is one of the most famous women writers in the twentieth century English literature. She has really contributed a lot to the English literature, especially the development of the short stories. This thesis intends to reveal the existential plight of Victorian women in Mansfield’s novel, through choosing the young and middle-aged women as the research object and contact with the author’s social background. In order to reveal the plight around the woman in the Victorian, I try to divide the women of the novel into three types, that is, single girls, housewives and old maid. From this, we can comprehend the tragedy and feminism in Mansfield’s novel.The first part of the thesis is introduction. In this part I give an outline of Mansfield’s experience of life. Because these experiences have a deep affect on Mansfield’s writing. The thesis consists of three chapters, Chapter 1 reveal the existential plight of single girls, Chapter 2 reveal the existential plight of housewives and Chapter 3 reveal the existential plight of old maid. Through the analysis, we can get such conclusion: the existential plight of women in the Mansfield’s novel reflect hers pursuit of women themselves and the harmonious relationship between men and women.

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