Deconstructing Genre: Conversation Plays
Gertrude Stein frequently gave her works generic designations, often using the title or subtitle for that purpose: ‘Portrait of Constance Fletcher’; ‘Brim Beauvais, a Novelette’; Lucy Church Amiably: A Novel of Romantic beauty and nature and which Looks Like an Engraving; A Village. Are You Ready Yet Not Yet. A Play in Four Acts; ‘A Poem about Walberg’; and so forth. Though so boldly identified, these works call into question the conventions of the very genre to which they purportedly belong. In chapters 5 and 6 we will be examining some of Gertrude Stein’s plays, and we will consider how Stein opposes, mocks, subverts and disrupts the conventions of drama.1
KeywordsOrdinary Discourse Musical Accompaniment Dialogic Exchange Scene Setting Play Language
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