113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Gertrude Stein Studies

Session Chair: 
Janet Boyd, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Session 2: Friday 10:40am-12:10pm
Salon I (ET)


  1. Laurel Recker, University of California Davis
    This paper examines how Gertrude Stein was influenced by the Parisian circus movement that equally immersed her friends, Pablo Picasso and George Braques. Through pastiche, anaphora, and repetition, Stein’s writings limn the works and lives of an expatriate counter-circus in Interwar Paris, one that borrows heavily from local circus form. While criticizing an American circus and appropriating elements of a French one, her works render what I call “circus-time,” a temporality that refuses national telos to embrace the “now” of a celebratory present.
  2. Meghan Kuckelman Beverage, Meio University (Japan)
    This presentation will examine the current scholarship on the teaching of Gertrude Stein in light of experiences teaching Stein's works to EFL students. It will consider the value of a pedagogy focused on the freedom from understanding, which is shared by the teacher and the students.
  3. Jill Darling, University of Michigan-Dearborn
    Gertrude Stein’s Geographical History is a cultural commentary focused on dismantling (or queering) regulations of language and sexuality. The formal practices of the text become strategies for enacting the content of cultural critique and offering alternatives—for language, narrative, and queer identity—to dominant modes of discourse and socialization.
Session Cancelled: