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The Resource Rescued readings : a reconstruction of Gertrude Stein's difficult texts, Elizabeth Fifer

Rescued readings : a reconstruction of Gertrude Stein's difficult texts, Elizabeth Fifer

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Rescued readings : a reconstruction of Gertrude Stein's difficult texts
Title
Rescued readings
Title remainder
a reconstruction of Gertrude Stein's difficult texts
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth Fifer
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Gertrude Stein's texts provoke readers. Rescued Readings, concentrating on the interaction of Stein's lesbianism and her art, emphasizes the dynamics of this provocation. The relationship between sexuality and textuality deserves attention, not least because Stein's use of her homosexuality as a subject for her work has too long isolated her, making her texts "unreadable." Fifer argues that Stein's equivocal attitude toward her homosexuality, repeatedly discussed in many of the works she chose not to publish during her lifetime, is the basis of her experimental style. Regardless of the particularities of the time or place of their production, Stein's erotic subjects produce similar patterns of complex language and experimental narrative strategies. Fifer examines how we can learn to "read" these patterns and strategies, just as we can "decode" Stein's conscious manipulation of an oblique vocabulary of lesbian eroticism, in order to deepen our appreciation of Stein's art. The particular literary works under discussion include parts of the Yale Edition of The Unpublished Writings; three volumes of her plays, Geography and Plays, Operas and Plays, Last Operas and Plays; and one prose work, Useful Knowledge. Fifer presents an introduction to Stein's manifest and hidden texts, and provides an overview of intention and technique, exploring the defensive mechanisms of key texts from different points in Stein's career. Rescued Readings also explores the revealing and concealing modes of Stein's erotic language, her "conversations" with readers and others, and the effect of her choosing the homosexual alliance as her specific paradigm for the relationship between reader and writer
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Fifer, Elizabeth
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Stein, Gertrude
  • Women and literature
  • Meaning (Philosophy) in literature
  • Readability (Literary style)
Label
Rescued readings : a reconstruction of Gertrude Stein's difficult texts, Elizabeth Fifer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 137-139) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Father, brother, lover, other: Gertrude Stein and the search for identity -- 2. "Is flesh advisable?": the interior theater of Gertrude Stein -- 3. Characteristic deformations in the language of the plays -- 4. "Guardians and witnesses": narrative technique in "Useful knowledge" -- 5. "An autobiography in two instances": imagining the reader, early and late -- 6. "In conversation": speaker, message, and receiver
Control code
25410997
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
146 pages
Isbn
9780814323403
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92007291
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1466892
Label
Rescued readings : a reconstruction of Gertrude Stein's difficult texts, Elizabeth Fifer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 137-139) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Father, brother, lover, other: Gertrude Stein and the search for identity -- 2. "Is flesh advisable?": the interior theater of Gertrude Stein -- 3. Characteristic deformations in the language of the plays -- 4. "Guardians and witnesses": narrative technique in "Useful knowledge" -- 5. "An autobiography in two instances": imagining the reader, early and late -- 6. "In conversation": speaker, message, and receiver
Control code
25410997
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
146 pages
Isbn
9780814323403
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92007291
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1466892

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