Gertrude Stein and her audience : small presses, little magazines, and the reconfiguration of modern authorship

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McKay, Kali
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of English, c2010
This thesis examines the publishing career of Gertrude Stein, an American expatriate writer whose experimental style left her largely unpublished throughout much of her career. Stein’s various attempts at dissemination illustrate the importance she placed on being paid for her work and highlight the paradoxical relationship between Stein and her audience. This study shows that there was an intimate relationship between literary modernism and mainstream culture as demonstrated by Stein’s need for the public recognition and financial gains by which success had long been measured. Stein’s attempt to embrace the definition of the author as a professional who earned a living through writing is indicative of the developments in art throughout the first decades of the twentieth century, and it problematizes modern authorship by reemphasizing the importance of commercial success to artists previously believed to have been indifferent to the reaction of their audience.
iv, 89 leaves ; 29 cm
Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946 , Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946 -- Criticism and interpretation , Women authors, American -- 19th century -- Criticism and interpretation , Literature publishing , Small presses , Dissertations, Academic