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
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