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Virtual ModernismWriting and Technology in the Progressive Era$
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Katherine Biers

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816667543

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816667543.001.0001

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Gertrude Stein Talking

Gertrude Stein Talking

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(p.173) Chapter 5 Gertrude Stein Talking
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Virtual Modernism
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Katherine Biers

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816667543.003.0006

This chapter focuses on modernist writer Gertrude Stein. Stein’s lectures offered a refinement and crystallization of her pragmatist and radically empiricist aesthetics—in the light of her experience of mass media-infected celebrity. Stein engages with contemporaneous debates about the function of communication in society. She offers an idiosyncratic model of communication as vitality and force, engaging both reason and emotion. Stein’s writings of the 1930s provide the clearest example of the ways in which the rise of mass culture and new media technologies were second nature to American writers. Adopting the power of the celebrity image, Stein did not just describe her distinct place in the pantheon of American writers but brought it into being.

Keywords:   Gertrude Stein, modernist writer, communication, mass culture, media technologies, celebrity image

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