Gertrude Stein pp 106-120 | Cite as

Deconstructing Genre: Conversation Plays

  • Jane Palatini Bowers
Part of the Women Writers book series (WW)


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


Ordinary Discourse Musical Accompaniment Dialogic Exchange Scene Setting Play Language 
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  1. 8.
    Keir Elam, The Semiotics of Theatre and Drama (Methuen, 1980), p. 138.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 9.
    Jindrich Honzl, ‘The Hierarchy of Dramatic Devices’, in The Semiotics of Art: The Prague School Contributions, ed. Ladislav Matejka and Irwin R. Titunik (MIT Press, 1976), p. 127.Google Scholar
  3. 11.
    Gertrude Stein, Bee Time Vine and Other Pieces (Yale University Press, 1953), pp. 204–5.Google Scholar
  4. 16.
    Susanne Langer, Feeling and Form: A Theory of Art (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1953), p. 310.Google Scholar

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