A long overdue update on what the Gertrude Stein Society has been up to and what is to come. This coming November 1-3 at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA), we will hold a panel on Stein’s late works with a particular emphasis on war. Thank you to Janet Boyd for putting this together and I will post an update here as things develop.
In October of 2012 we held a symposium at the Yale Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library that was attended by a host of scholars and teachers of Stein who gave terrific presentations on editing Stein’s work, teaching her work, and responding to the spurious allegations surrounding her politics during WW II. Joan Retallack gave a splendid keynote speech, and Nancy Kuhl, curator at the library, mounted a special exhibit of original manuscripts and ephemera from the collection. It was a fantastic day for Stein studies, and my thanks to all who participated.
In May of 2013 at the American Literature Association in Boston, we held an excellent panel on teaching Stein in the classroom, spearheaded by Logan Esdale, editor of the new Yale UP edition of Ida. We also held a panel on Stein, Performance, and Pleasure, moderated by Linda Voris of American University. Once again, the papers and talks for the day were fantastic. Many thanks to Susan Holbrook, Erika Kaufman, Sharon Kirsch, Deborah Mix, Cigdem Mirol, Linda Voris, and Caroline Young.
More updates to follow, and thank you for your interest in the Gertrude Stein Society.