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Katherine Mansfields Short Stories The introduction of the short story to literature created a whole new field for writers and readers to experiment with and enjoy Katherine Mansfield was born and raised in New Zealand and then moved to England where she spent a great deal of her life Mansfield is known as one of the most remarkable writers to come out of New Zealand and England Katherine Mansfields specialization is the short story Mansfield wrote many short stories in her lifetime and is recognized as having several masterpieces in that form Her short stories are quite different than most short stories written by the Modernist writers of her time Mansfield liked for her readers to become immediately involved in her stories and usually drops the reader into the situation at the start of the story with no description or identification of the time or place in which the stories occur She assumes that her readers had prior knowledge of the characters or that they will determine any information that they need to know on their own On top of the reader being left floundering Mansfields stories have no plot That is to say that her stories do not follow the classic form of exposition rising action climax falling action and then the denouement Instead Mansfields intention is for her readers to gain a sense of her characters lives and of a pivotal point of realization or change in those lives One of the ways that she accomplishes the readers intimacy with the story and its characters beyond dropping them in the midst of the action is by using unique narration techniques and by involving the reader in the characters feelings that they experience when dealing with certain situations or emotions like the experience of dealing with death and grief as found in The Daughters of the Late Colonel The Garden-Party The Life of Ma Parker and
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