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Tender Buttons

Author: Gertrude Stein
Publisher: City Lights Publishers
ISBN: 0872866351
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The MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions has awarded Tender Buttons: The Corrected Centennial Edition its seal designating it an MLA Approved Edition. 2014 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the original publication of Gertrude Stein's groundbreaking modernist classic, Tender Buttons. This centennial edition is the first and only version to incorporate Stein's own handwritten corrections-found in a first-edition copy at the University of Colorado-as well as corrections discovered among her papers at the Beinecke Library at Yale University. Editor Seth Perlow has assembled a text with over one hundred emendations, resulting in the first version of Tender Buttons that truly reflects its author's intentions. These changes are detailed in Perlow's "Note on the Text," which describes the editorial process and lists the specific variants for the benefit of future scholars. The book includes facsimile images of some of Stein's handwritten edits and lists of corrections, as well as an afterword by noted contemporary poet and scholar Juliana Spahr. A compact, attractive edition suitable for general readers as well as scholars, Tender Buttons: The Corrected Centennial Edition is unique among the available versions of this classic text and is destined to become the standard. Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) was one of the most important and innovative American writers of literary modernism, as well as one of the great art collectors and salon hosts of the period. A pioneering lesbian writer, Stein lived most of her life in Paris but became a celebrity in the United States with the publication of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933). Seth Perlow teaches English at Oklahoma State University. Juliana Spahr teaches writing at Mills College." Tender Buttons is the touchstone work of radical modernist poetry, the fullest realization of the turn to language and the most perfect realization of 'wordness,' where word and object are merged. For the centennial of this masterpiece, Seth Perlow has given us much the best edition of the poem, based on Stein's manuscript and corrections she made to the first edition. Punctuation, spelling, format, and a few phrases are affected and most especially the change in the capitalization of the section titles. 'The difference is spreading.'" - Charles Bernstein, University of Pennsylvania, author of Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays and Inventions "The publication of an authoritative edition of Tender Buttons, with Stein's hitherto unpublished corrections and editions, is a splendid way to celebrate the centennial of this influential modernist work. Scholars will benefit from the full documentation, and readers will appreciate its convenient format, which resembles the original publication." - Jonathan Culler, Cornell University"This radical multi-dimensional generative cubist text with the simplest words imaginable continues to alter and shape poetics into the post post modernist future. We have Gertrude Stein's 'mind grammar' operating at full tilt, with unpredictability, wit and sensory prevarication. Look to the 'minutes particulars,' Blake admonished, and here she does just that: 'it is a winning cake.' Salvos to the editor and salient 'afterword' that give belletristic notes and political perspective as well. A unique edition." - Anne Waldman, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics

The Composition Of Sense In Gertrude Stein S Landscape Writing

Author: Linda Voris
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319320645
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This book offers a bold critical method for reading Gertrude Stein’s work on its own terms by forgoing conventional explanation and adopting Stein’s radical approach to meaning and knowledge. Inspired by the immanence of landscape, both of Provence where she travelled in the 1920s and the spatial relations of landscape painting, Stein presents a new model of meaning whereby making sense is an activity distributed in a text and across successive texts. From love poetry, to plays and portraiture, Linda Voris offers close readings of Stein’s most anthologized and less known writing in a case study of a new method of interpretation. By practicing Stein’s innovative means of making sense, Voris reveals the excitement of her discoveries and the startling implications for knowledge, identity, and intimacy.

Collaborating With Gertrude Stein

Author: Solveig Daugaard
Publisher: Linköping University Electronic Press
ISBN: 9176853098
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The reception of the American avant-garde poet, playwright, art collector and salon hostess Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) has to a wide extent taken place in an aesthetic context prior to her work’s academic and hermeneutic canonization. This thesis is in part a mapping of this transmedia reception as it is played out in a North American context in the period from her death and until today, and in part an account of Stein’s particular collaborative poetics, through which her work invites such a reception. Furthermore, the thesis maintains that we in a contemporary context are experien­cing a still increasing receptivity towards Stein’s oeuvre, that seems more relevant today than ever before. These circumstances, the thesis illuminates and discusses via a media theoretical framework, where Stein’s own work, as well as its aesthetic reception is considered as embedded in a complex media ecology. Media ecology is here conceived as a de­centralized, networked approach to aesthetic phenomena, which is able to contain many types of agents and materialities. The media ecology of an artwork is thus po­tentially made up by the entire network of processes, agents and materials that are relevant to its production, distribution and consumption and influences the subject positions available to the individual agents. Through Stein’s aesthetic reception it is possible to catch sight of important compo­nents that are active in the media ecology but often neglected or considered subor­dinated to text-internal features. These include the material interface of the medium in question, the aestheticized persona of the artist and infrastructures such as the salon, which affect how and to whom the work and its meanings are distributed. The thesis also traces a number of parallels between the media situation of Stein in the beginning of the 20th century and the digital media situation at the verge of the 21st that suggest both explanations for and implications of her increasing contemporary relevance. Receptionen av den amerikanska avantgardepoeten, dramatiken, konstsamlaren och salongsvärdinnan Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) har till stor del ägt rum i konstnärliga sammanhang innan hennes verk kommit att kanoniseras genom akademiska studier och tolkningar. Denna avhandling är dels en kartläggning av denna transmediala reception, såsom den utspelat sig i en nordamerikansk kontext under perioden från Steins död fram till idag, dels en redogörelse för hennes specifika samarbetspoetik som uppmuntrat till en sådan reception. Dessutom hävdar avhandlingen att vi i en samtida kontext upplever en stadigt växande mottaglighet för Steins verk, som tycks mer aktuellt idag än någonsin tidigare. Dessa omständigheter belyser och förklarar avhandlingen med hjälp av ett medieteoretiskt ramverk, där både Steins egna arbeten och deras konstnärliga reception betraktas som inbäddade i en komplex medieekologi. Medieekologi förstås här som en decentraliserande, nätverksorienterad tillgång till estetiska fenomen, inom vilken många typer av aktörer och materialiteter kan ingå. Ett verks medieekologi utgörs således, potentiellt, av hela det nätverk av processer, agenter och material som är relevanta för produktionen, distributionen och konsumtionen av verket i fråga, och påverkar utformningen av de subjektspositioner som är tillgängliga för de enskilda aktörerna. Genom den konstnärliga receptionen av Stein är det möjligt att få syn på viktiga komponenter som är verksamma i medieekologin, men som ofta försummas eller betraktas som underordnade textinterna faktorer, till exempel. Till dessa komponenter hör mediets materiella gränssnitt, författarens estetiserade persona och infrastrukturer såsom salongen, som påverkar hur och till vem verket och dess betydelser distribueras. Avhandlingen följer också en räcka paralleller mellan Steins mediesituation i 1900-talets början och den digitala mediesituation som präglar 2000-talets inledning, vilka kan bistå med både förklaringar och implikationer av Steins växande aktualitet.

The Cambridge History Of American Poetry

Author: Alfred Bendixen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316123308
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The Cambridge History of American Poetry offers a comprehensive exploration of the development of American poetic traditions from their beginnings until the end of the twentieth century. Bringing together the insights of fifty distinguished scholars, this literary history emphasizes the complex roles that poetry has played in American cultural and intellectual life, detailing the variety of ways in which both public and private forms of poetry have met the needs of different communities at different times. The Cambridge History of American Poetry recognizes the existence of multiple traditions and a dramatically fluid canon, providing current perspectives on both major authors and a number of representative figures whose work embodies the diversity of America's democratic traditions.

The Sound Of Nonsense

Author: Richard Elliott
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 150132456X
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In The Sound of Nonsense, Richard Elliott highlights the importance of sound in understanding the 'nonsense' of writers such as Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, James Joyce and Mervyn Peake, before connecting this noisy writing to works which engage more directly with sound, including sound poetry, experimental music and pop. By emphasising sonic factors, Elliott makes new and fascinating connections between a wide range of artistic examples to ultimately build a case for the importance of sound in creating, maintaining and disrupting meaning.

The Poem Electric

Author: Seth Perlow
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 145295867X
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An enlightening examination of the relationship between poetry and the information technologies increasingly used to read and write it Many poets and their readers believe poetry helps us escape straightforward, logical ways of thinking. But what happens when poems confront the extraordinarily rational information technologies that are everywhere in the academy, not to mention everyday life? Examining a broad array of electronics—including the radio, telephone, tape recorder, Cold War–era computers, and modern-day web browsers—Seth Perlow considers how these technologies transform poems that we don’t normally consider “digital.” From fetishistic attachments to digital images of Emily Dickinson’s manuscripts to Jackson Mac Low’s appropriation of a huge book of random numbers originally used to design thermonuclear weapons, these investigations take Perlow through a revealingly eclectic array of work, offering both exciting new voices and reevaluations of poets we thought we knew. With close readings of Gertrude Stein, Frank O’Hara, Amiri Baraka, and many others, The Poem Electric constructs a distinctive lineage of experimental writers, from the 1860s to today. Ultimately, Perlow mounts an important investigation into how electronic media allows us to distinguish poetic thought from rationalism. Posing a necessary challenge to the privilege of information in the digital humanities, The Poem Electric develops new ways of reading poetry, alongside and against the electronic equipment that is now ubiquitous in our world.