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Critical Essay by Lisa Ruddick

SOURCE: “‘Melanctha’: The Costs of Mind-Wandering,” in Reading Gertrude Stein: Body, Text, Gnosis, Cornell University Press, 1990, pp. 12–54.

In the following essay, Ruddick determines “Melanctha” to be Stein's conscious break with nineteenth-century literary standards.

Gertrude Stein thought of herself as having spent her life escaping from the nineteenth century into which she had been born. This [essay] is about the ambivalent beginnings of that escape. With the story “Melanctha,” Stein made her first leap into modernist modes of representation; she herself described the story (immodestly but plausibly) as “the first definite step away from the nineteenth century and into the twentieth century in literature.”1 Yet the text looks backward at the same time.

“Melanctha” carries on a private conversation...

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