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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

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

Chris Coffman

Edinburgh University Press

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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