By Deborah M. Mix
Arguing that those authors have bought really little awareness as a result trouble in categorizing them, combine brings the writing of ladies of colour, lesbians, and collaborative writers into the dialogue of experimental writing. hence, instead of exploring traditional strains of impression, she departs from previous scholarship through the use of Stein and her paintings as a lens by which to learn the methods those authors have renegotiated culture, authority, and innovation.
construction at the culture of experimental or avant-garde writing within the usa, combine questions the politics of the canon and literary impact, bargains shut readings of formerly overlooked modern writers whose paintings does not healthy inside traditional different types, and through linking genres now not generally linked to experimentalism-lyric, epic, and autobiography-challenges ongoing reevaluations of leading edge writing.
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17 profoundly important female experimental writing in the less accessible Stein” (13). DeKoven goes on to argue that “Stein gives us a real blueprint, a deep structure of resistance to prevailing materials of mind/culture/language because, in spite of everything (all attempts to change the weather), it is still patriarchal late capitalism outside, years after Stein’s achievement” (14). The editors end the “alerts(” section with an invitation to readers to respond to Luria-Sukenick’s and DeKoven’s “reappreciations” and to offer “suggestions for specific readings in Stein that have had special appeal for you, with emphasis on lesser-known works or passages not often cited” (14).
Of course the gardener is free to fail in her or his duties, just as the gardener is free to produce a garden of her or his own liking, a garden dependent on chance and personality as much as raw materials (the “roses” themselves). In positioning herself alongside her readers (or even as a kind of servant who sowed a garden for their enjoyment), Stein disrupts the conventional avant-garde scheme of “strong medicine,” dark revelation, and attack. Instead, she looks toward a different kind of tradition, one predicated on (gendered) attention to intimacy and pleasure and care, one that challenges not only aesthetic and formal literary conventions but also the sociopolitical conventions that gave rise to and are the legacies of modernism.
These texts foreground the participation of their audiences; in fact, they are “made” (and remade) only through individual readings. In turn, Three Vocabularies of Thinking . . 27 the conventions of both reading and writing themselves are remade. This process of resignification is akin to the process through which, as Judith Butler argues, agency is constructed. While Butler is discussing gender performativity in particular, the dynamic she elaborates can be usefully applied to acts of writing, not least because generic categories are so heavily gendered in practice.