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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

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

Sara Crangle

Edinburgh University Press

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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