Reading Gertrude Stein: Body, Text, Gnosis

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Cornell University Press, Jul 1, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 270 pages
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"Ruddick's interpretative study of Gertrude Stein breaks new ground in both Stein studies and poststructural theory, remaining accessible while rejecting neither indeterminate polysemy nor the thematic unity of 'idea.'. . . Through valuable interpretations of the major early Stein texts ('Melanctha, ' The Making of Americans, G.M.P., and Tender Buttons), Ruddick details the 'serial acts of self-definition' of the modernist self in relation to William James, Freud, and the Bible. . . . Ruddick is authoritative in dealing with Stein's work, feminist theory, and the cultural phenomenon of modernism."--Choice
 

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The Costs of MindWandering
12
Modernism and Patricide
55
Woman and Gnosis
190
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