The poison principle: experiencing William James through Gertrude Stein's repetition in three lives

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dc.contributor White, Heather Cass
dc.contributor Richards, Richard A.
dc.contributor.advisor Bilwakesh, Nikhil Parker, Stephanie Don Chiemi 2017-04-26T14:22:19Z 2017-04-26T14:22:19Z 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000830
dc.identifier.other Parker_alatus_0004M_11087
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract While previous critics have synthesized William James's stream of consciousness with Gertrude Stein's use of repetition in Three Lives, I argue that the reader's response to repetition enables an awareness of a physical experience of James's assertion that no two identical recurrences may be the same due to an ever moving present. In Chapter 1 and 3, I offer a close reading of Three Lives to illustrate the Poison Principle--the ways in which the character, as well as the reader, experience James's stream of consciousness. Chapter 2 is devoted to the personal relationship between James and Stein, as well as a critical overview of Stein scholarship. Repetition as a device, and the reader's reaction to repetition, is central to my project, and in Chapter 4 I explore the displeasure often associated with reading Stein works. Through examples from Three Lives and Stein's later work How to Write, I differentiate types of repetition. In addition to a discussion of the reader experience, I offer a study in emotional reaction, arguing in favor of James's assertion that our difference of emotion is how we may best recognize the variance in identical recurrences. I close with an emotional re-reading of Three Lives, concluding that the variety of ways in which repetition is employed by Stein must be approached from different angles according to the type of repetition.
dc.format.extent 74 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
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dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
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dc.subject.other Literature
dc.subject.other Philosophy
dc.title The poison principle: experiencing William James through Gertrude Stein's repetition in three lives
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of English English The University of Alabama master's M.A.

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