Gertrude Stein and the Making of Jewish Modernism (Paperback)

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Challenging the assumption
that modernist writer Gertrude Stein seldom integrated her Jewish identity and
heritage into her work, this book uncovers Stein's constant and varied writing
about Jewish topics throughout her career. Amy Feinstein argues that Judaism
was central to Stein's ideas about modernity, showing how Stein connects the
modernist era to the Jewish experience.

Combing through Stein's scholastic writings, drafting
notebooks, and literary works, Feinstein analyzes references to Judaism that
have puzzled scholars. She reveals the never-before-discussed influence of
Matthew Arnold as well as a hidden Jewish framework in Stein's epic novel The Making of Americans. In Stein's
experimental "voices" poems,
Feinstein identifies an explicitly Jewish vocabulary that expresses themes of
marriage, nationalism, and Zionism. She also shows how Wars I Have Seen, written in Vichy France during World War II,
compares the experience of wartime occupation with the historic persecution of
the importance of Jewish identity and modernist style to Gertrude Stein's
legacy as a writer, this book radically changes the way we read and appreciate
Stein's work.

About the Author

Amy Feinstein teaches English in the New York City public schools.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780813068756
ISBN-10: 0813068754
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication Date: June 28th, 2022
Pages: 296
Language: English