Chapter 19. Gertrude Stein and Seriality

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Ulla Haselstein Professor

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch19

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Haselstein, U. (2009) Gertrude Stein and Seriality, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch19

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • Gertrude Stein and seriality;
  • Gertrude Stein - elevation to a status of literary cult figure;
  • The Making of Americans - “the beginning, really the beginning, of modern writing”;
  • American middle class leading lives - “vital” and “monotonous” facts of human existence;
  • allegory into portraiture - Being a History of a Family's Progress;
  • Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, plot and characters being allegorical;
  • Stein's typology of character;
  • William James - credited as the most important influence on Stein;
  • seriality and rhythm of being;
  • seriality in Three Lives - collection of stories, the best known

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Allegory into Portraiture

  • Stein's Typology of Character

  • Seriality and the Rhythm of Being

  • Seriality in Three Lives

  • References and Further Reading