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Seeing Fine Substances Strangely: Phenomenology in Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons

Mildenberg, Ariane (2008) Seeing Fine Substances Strangely: Phenomenology in Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons. Studia Phaenomenologica, VIII . pp. 259-282. (doi:10.7761/SP.8.259) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:55351)

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Abstract

Gertrude Stein may be regarded as one of the most innovative and obscure modernist writers. At the core of Tender Buttons (1914), her most experimental work, lies a dialectical tension between meaning and non-meaning, order and disorder, the opacity of which some of the earliest critical studies of Stein described as both "an eloquent mistake" and "the ravings of a lunatic," resisting interpretation. In this paper, I show that phenomenology offers an appropriate tool for opening up the much-discussed dialectic of this work. By "bracketing" the hard facts for our object-world, Stein enacts an epoche of sorts, allowing us to "see fine substances strangely" before the conventional structures of objectivity and factuality take over.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.7761/SP.8.259
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English philology and language
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Kate Smith
Date Deposited: 10 May 2016 10:43 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:14 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/55351 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Mildenberg, Ariane: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4754-5932
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