04/05/2018 § Leave a comment
Solveig Dauggaard , the Danish scholar – and also chairman of the Danish Gertrude Stein Society – just handed in her Ph.D.-dissertation entitled Collaborating with Gertrude Stein: Media ecologies, reception, poetics at the Swedish Linköping University. The dissertation can be downloaded and read here. Read the abstract below for a more thorough description of the work.
The reception of the American avant-garde poet, playwright, art collector and salon hostess Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) has to a wide extent taken place in an aesthetic context prior to her work’s academic and hermeneutic canonization. This thesis is in part a mapping of this transmedia reception as it is played out in a North American context in the period from her death and until today, and in part an account of Stein’s particular collaborative poetics, through which her work invites such a reception. Furthermore, the thesis maintains that we in a contemporary context are experiencing a still increasing receptivity towards Stein’s oeuvre, that seems more relevant today than ever before.
These circumstances, the thesis illuminates and discusses via a media theoretical framework, where Stein’s own work, as well as its aesthetic reception is considered as embedded in a complex media ecology. Media ecology is here conceived as a decentralized, networked approach to aesthetic phenomena, which is able to contain many types of agents and materialities. The media ecology of an artwork is thus potentially made up by the entire network of processes, agents and materials that are relevant to its production, distribution and consumption and influences the subject positions available to the individual agents.
Through Stein’s aesthetic reception it is possible to catch sight of important components that are active in the media ecology but often neglected or considered subordinated to text-internal features. These include the material interface of the medium in question, the aestheticized persona of the artist and infrastructures such as the salon, which affect how and to whom the work and its meanings are distributed. The thesis also traces a number of parallels between the media situation of Stein in the beginning of the 20th century and the digital media situation at the verge of the 21st that suggest both explanations for and implications of her increasing contemporary relevance.
06/02/2017 § Leave a comment
For those of you who read French and / or are in Paris, we are happy to announce the publication of two books at Editions Rue d’Ulm,
Gertrude Stein, autobiographies intempestives, by Christine Savinel
and a French translation of Stein’s Narration.
There will be a presentation of the books on Februay 28th at Ecole Normale Supérieure, 45 rue d’Ulm, Paris. Isabelle Alfandary will be respondent and Sophie Mayer will read extracts.
Enclosed is the invitation (which, for security reasons, will be required to enter ENS): carton-invitation-lectures-g-stein-le-28-02-2017
07/04/2016 § Leave a comment
I det akademiske tidsskrift Sensorium Journal 1 som netop er udkommet er der lidt også lidt Stein-godter – bl.a. et rerun af den danske oversættelse af IF I TOLD HIM. A COMPLETED PORTRAIT OF PICASSO, hvis receptionshistorie i tysk cybernetik Ragnild Lome har gravet lidt i…
29/10/2014 § Leave a comment
På det amerikanske forlag Lexington Books er denne bog netop udkommet. Primary Stein: Returning to the Writing of Gertrude Stein, en antologi redigeret af Janet Boyd og Sharon J. Kirsch og med bidrag fra en lang række Stein-scholars. Bogen beskrives blandt andet sådan her på forlagets hjemmeside: “The central premise of Primary Stein is that an extraordinary amount of textual scholarship remains to be done on Stein’s work, whether the well-known, the little-known, or yet unpublished. The essays in Primary Stein draw on recent interdisciplinary examinations, using cultural and historical contexts to enrich and complicate how we might read, understand, and teach Stein’s writing.”