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By Barbara Will

Gertrude Stein usually referred to as herself a genius, yet what did this time period fairly suggest for her? Stein's claims to genius are mythical, showing often all through her texts and public lectures. have been they the indicators of over the top egotism, of determined self-advertisement, or of whatever else completely? This ebook examines the centrality and the specificity of the belief of 'genius' to Stein's paintings and to the cultured beliefs and contradictory highbrow affiliations of excessive modernism regularly. via a chronological studying, it maps Stein's flow from an early funding in a vital and essentializing concept of 'genius' to her later use of the time period to explain an anti-essentialist, democratic textual strategy. It considers how this revisionary proposal of 'genius' got here to correspond with Stein's id of herself as Jewish, queer and American. And it ends with Stein's likely paradoxical choice to name a textual content approximately being a genius in the US, Everybody's Autobiography. Drawing upon

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