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Gertrude Stein and Wallace Stevens

The Performance of Modern Consciousness

By Sara J. Ford

Routledge – 2002 – 144 pages

Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

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Description

This book traces the presence of the theater, both as an abstract concept and a literal space, in the plays and poetry of Gertrude Stein and Wallace Stevens as it attempts to explain the parallel depictions of consciousness that are found in both authors' work.

Literary modernists inherited a self that was fallible, a self that was seen as an ultimately failed gesture of expression, and throughout much modern literature is a sense of disillusionment with more traditional notions of selfhood. As more conventional ways of thinking about consciousness became untenable, so too did conventional models of artistic expression.This book shows how Stein and Stevens provide powerful examples of this modern attempt to stage the new subject.

Contents

Preface

Chapter I: Consciousness Ungrounded: William James and Modernist Expression

Chapter II: Relationships in a Landscape: Stein's Operas and Plays and the Investigation into Modern Consciousness

Chapter III: Language as a Blind Glass: Artistic Expression as Performance in Stein's Tender Buttons

Chapter IV: Stevens' Verse Plays: The Drama of the Mind

Chapter V: Willful Illusions: Stevens' Poetry and the Performance of Poetic Consciousness

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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