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Prosaic DesiresModernist Knowledge, Boredom, Laughter, and Anticipation$
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Sara Crangle

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640850

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640850.001.0001

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Inclining Towards Laughter

Inclining Towards Laughter

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(p.104) Chapter 3 Inclining Towards Laughter
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Prosaic Desires
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Sara Crangle

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640850.003.0003

This chapter examines Gertrude Stein's authorial attention to individual moments, which may be influenced by her narrative desire to laugh. It studies her first work, Q.E.D.; observes that her explorations move from self to other through a series of philosophically informed narratives set primarily in the private sphere; and determines that this shift in Steinian narrative laughter coexists with the modernist theory on risibility.

Keywords:   individual moments, Gertrude Stein, desire to laugh, philosophically informed narratives, private sphere, Steinian narrative laughter, modernist theory, risibility

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