Geographical History of America

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9780394719412: Geographical History of America

Geographical History also elaborates on Stein's concepts of identity, landscape, presence, and composition. Today, as literary discourse pays more attention to textuality; to voice, reader-response, and phenomenology, Stein emerges as a pioneering modernist to whom the century is slowly catching up. For those in the performing arts, Geographical History further addresses the notion of play as landscape, one of Stein's most influential theatrical ideas, as well as such issues as dialogue, character, and dramatic structure -- in a book that is itself a model of modern experimentation.

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The Geographical History of America is a culminating work... the stylized presentation of the process of meditation itself, with many critical asides. It demonstrates far more than it proves, and although it is in no sense a volume of philosophy (Gertrude Stein never 'argues' anything), it is, philosophically, the most important of her texts.

(William H. Gass)

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Considering most readers don't understand a thing she writes, Stein's continuing popularity is astounding. Both the plays and the history of America are presented here in her own inimitable style. For the serious literati.
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