Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

A selective list of literary criticism for the American expatriate experimentalist, poet, novelist, and autobiographer, Gertrude Stein, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


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introduction

"Gertrude Stein." Reputable literary criticism for Gertrude Stein; contents include "Stein's Life and Career" by Linda Wagner-Martin; and Patriarchal Poetry" by Karen Ford. Modern American Poetry site, Univ. of Illinois.

"Gertrude Stein." A brief introduction, with links to poems and articles. Also "Groundbreaking Book: Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein (1914)." Academy of American Poets.

"Gertrude Stein Online." A web site by Sonja Streuber, publishes online critical articles on Gertrude Stein, a summary of a Gertrude Stein panel discussion at MLA in 1999.

"Gertrude Stein--brief biography." Professor Al Filreis's web site.

Discussion guide for teachers and readers of Gertrude Stein's poetry, from educational publisher Heath.

"Modernist Portraits: Gertrude Stein." A web site on teaching Gertrude Stein. "American Passages," PBS.

"Gertrude Stein." Web page from the Electronic Poetry Center at SUNY Buffalo contains good links to texts, articles, and lectures on Stein.

Picasso's portrait of Gertrude Stein, with notes about the painting, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"Leo and Gertrude Stein." The Twentieth Century: American Modernist Writers. A Yale Library exhibition documents the influence of Oriental aesthetics on American Modernists.

Voice of the Poet: Five American Women. Readings by Gertrude Stein and four other poets. Random House.

Leick, Karen. An introduction to Gertrude Stein from the Literary Encyclopedia 28 March 2003. On The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933) [subscription service].


literary criticism

Ashbery, John. "The Impossible," by poet John Ashbery, on Stein's Stanzas in Meditation. Poetry magazine, July 1957.

Conte, Joseph. "The Smooth and the Striated: Compositional Texture in the Modern Long Poem." "The 'smooth texts' among twentieth-century long poems might include Gertrude Stein's Stanzas in Meditation (1932)." Modern Language Studies 27 (Spring 1997).

Conte, Joseph. Professor Conte's syllabus: Poetic Texture: The Smooth and the Striated. Postmodern Poetry (Fall 2001).

Frost, Elizabeth A. "Signifyin(g) on Stein: The Revisionist Poetics of Harryette Mullen and Leslie Scalapino" On the influence of Stein's poetics on two contemporary feminist avant-guard poets. Postmodern Culture 5 (May 1995).

Perloff, Marjorie. "The Difference is Spreading: on Gertrude Stein." American Poet 2000.


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