Gertrude Stein, Modernism, and the Problem of 'Genius'

Gertrude Stein frequently called herself a genius, but what did this term really mean for her Stein s claims to genius are legendary, appearing frequently throughout her texts and public lectures Were they the signs of excessive egotism, of desperate self advertisement, or of something else entirely This book examines the centrality and the specificity of the idea of gGertrude Stein frequently called herself a genius, but what did this term really mean for her Stein s claims to genius are legendary, appearing frequently throughout her texts and public lectures Were they the signs of excessive egotism, of desperate self advertisement, or of something else entirely This book examines the centrality and the specificity of the idea of genius to Stein s work and to the aesthetic ideals and contradictory intellectual affiliations of high modernism in general Through a chronological reading, it maps Stein s move from an early investment in an essential and essentializing notion of genius to her later use of the term to describe an anti essentialist, democratic textual process It considers how this revisionary idea of genius came to correspond with Stein s identification of herself as Jewish, queer and American And it ends with Stein s seemingly paradoxical decision to call a text about being a genius in America, Everybody s Autobiography Drawing upon
Gertrude Stein Modernism and the Problem of Genius Gertrude Stein frequently called herself a genius but what did this term really mean for her Stein s claims to genius are legendary appearing frequently throughout her texts and public lectures Were

  • Title: Gertrude Stein, Modernism, and the Problem of 'Genius'
  • Author: Barbara Will
  • ISBN: 9780748611980
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Hardcover
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