Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons: Rewritten By Criticism

dc.contributor.author Anderson, Stewart en_US
dc.contributor.department English en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-01-15T19:34:18Z
dc.date.available 2014-01-15T19:34:18Z
dc.date.issued 2014-01-15 en_US
dc.description.abstract A common response to Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons is that it creates a kind of inarticulable resonance in the reader's mind, a hypnotic sensual concentration. Critics, however, cannot let this be: the inarticulable must be articulated. My criticism is not that as curious human beings we try in art to express "feelings, " or sensations of "knowing" that words seem incapable of expressing, but rather that literary criticism, especially of work such as Stein's, transposes this type of expressing into the realm of modern intellectual discourse. Approaches to Tender Buttons attempt to articulate what the work does to or means for the reader. Tender Buttons, the critics claim, is woman's language (Ruddick), everyone's language (DeKoven), Stein's own language (Sutherland), yet they explicate the text only in critical discourse. Other people's words have become the measure of Stein's work. Common modes of criticism (discussed here) do not assist the reader to experience the work directly, but rather to step back and look at the possibility (for another reader perhaps) of experience. en_US
dc.format.extent ii, 38 pages en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/31622
dc.publisher University of Hawaii at Manoa en_US
dc.rights All UHM Honors Projects are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner. en_US
dc.title Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons: Rewritten By Criticism en_US
dc.type Term Project en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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