As we begin modernist fiction with Gertrude Stein’s Three Lives, we are leaving poetry behind for the moment, but The Waste Land will haunt us throughout the semester. I am really enjoying your recordings of Eliot, Stevens and Williams. Please keep listening to the authors we’re reading–and recording them yourself–as ways to deepen your appreciation and understanding of their works.
After you listen to my Mini Lecture 3 on Blackboard, please answer these questions for your blog response.1
1. How is repetition—of the same words and phrases in description and dialogue both, and of the same and similar actions and interactions with others—used to develop the characters of “The Good Anna” and “The Gentle Lena”? Cite and analyze examples for each character.
2. Did listening to Stein read “A Completed Portrait of Picasso” provide any insight for you into her use of repetition in Three Lives? Why or why not?
3. Given the definition and conventions of realism and psychological realism I provided in my Mini Lecture 3 and the linked notes for it, in what ways does Three Lives seem to depart from realism? In what ways does it still seem like a work of realist fiction, and particularly of psychological realism? Be specific and cite evidence.
4. How would you compare the depiction and aspirations of immigrants in the Three Lives to The Jazz Singer? Be specific.