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By Barbara Will

Gertrude Stein usually known as herself a genius, yet what did this time period rather suggest for her? Stein's claims to genius are mythical, showing usually all through her texts and public lectures. have been they the symptoms of over the top egotism, of determined self-advertisement, or of anything else solely? This publication 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 in most cases. via a chronological analyzing, it maps Stein's stream from an early funding in a vital and essentializing proposal of 'genius' to her later use of the time period to explain an anti-essentialist, democratic textual method. It considers how this revisionary concept 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 selection to name a textual content approximately being a genius in the US, Everybody's Autobiography. Drawing upon

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