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Gertrude Stein's Transmasculinity$
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Chris Coffman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474438094

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474438094.001.0001

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Reading Stein’s Genders: Multiple Identifications in the 1900s

Reading Stein’s Genders: Multiple Identifications in the 1900s

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(p.68) Chapter 2 Reading Stein’s Genders: Multiple Identifications in the 1900s
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Gertrude Stein's Transmasculinity
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Chris Coffman

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474438094.003.0003

This is the first of two chapters that examine ways Stein’s increasingly experimental writings during the first three decades of the twentieth century gradually work through dominant early twentieth-century genders, loosening up and ultimately rejecting the rigid constructs of masculinity she encountered in Otto Weininger’s misogynist Sex and Character. Chapter Two focuses on cross-gendered identification in Stein’s earliest literary efforts—the prose narratives Fernhurst (1904-5), Q.E.D. (1903), and Three Lives (1909). In these works, Stein rejects the category “woman” while questioning the limitations of patriarchal ideologies about masculinity and femininity alike.

Keywords:   Gertrude Stein, Modernism, Masculinity, Transgender theory, Queer theory, Otto Weininger, Fernhurst, Q.E.D, Three Lives

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