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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Another must-read

And here I always though blurbs were to encourage us to read a book:
The True Story of Alice B. Toklas is a deconstructive excursus, theoretically astute and cannily playful, that juxtaposes three autobiographical texts by and about Toklas including her famous cookbook and Stein's 'autobiography' of her partner. In this study, Anna Linzie has addressed and finessed some tenets of literary scholarship, including generic hierarchies, singular versus collaborative authorship, assumptions of value, decorums between critic and her subject, and critical reception as a mode of invention. With this fascinating addition to the literature concerning Gertrude Stein and her circle, Linzie produces various challenges to the notions of 'true story.'
    Rachel Blau DuPlessis, author of Drafts and Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work