Gertrude Stein | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Christopher J. Knight

This literature criticism consists of approximately 24 pages of analysis & critique of Gertrude Stein.
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Critical Essay by Christopher J. Knight

SOURCE: "Gertrude Stein and Tender Buttons" in The Patient Particulars: American Modernism and the Technique of Originality, Bucknell University Press, 1995, pp. 80-116.

In the following excerpt, Knight applies theories of artistic perception to Stein's poetic style in Tender Buttons, emphasizing Stein's desire to create subjective impressions of the world rather than to produce concrete descriptions as in more traditional poetry.

Like [Claude] Monet, [Stein] sets out to do the impossible: to see the things of this world with such concentration, such intensity, that she would block out everything that is not the object of attention, all backdrop, all relations, everything that is not included in the thing-itself. Her titles—"A Shawl," "A Table," "A Book,"—are often the only clues regarding the representational nature of her pieces...

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