Grocery Shopping With Gertrude Stein: About Harryette Mullen’s S*PeRM**K*T.
2013 (English)In: MSA 15: ”Everydayness and the Event”, University of Sussex, Brighton, August 29 - September 1, 2013, 2013Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
The section ”FOOD” from Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons (1914) opens with what appears to be an approximate table of content, but most of all resembles an eccentric shopping list. Solveig Daugaard’s paper will explore how contemporary American poet Harryette Mullen in S*PeRMK*T (1992) decided to bring Stein’s shopping list to her contemporary supermarket. Mullen is starting from Stein by picking up Stein’s zoom on the objects of a quotidian, feminine, domestic life. She also adopts a number of concrete linguistic elements from Stein, from actual quoting to miming Stein’s paratactical sentences. In merging these parts with disparate elements from popular culture as well as the language of advertising, Mullen creates a witty collage exploring the everyday realm of foodstuffs in a different cultural context. Where Stein’s poetical innovations opened a new sensibility, connecting everyday things to play and erotic experience, Mullen is exploring cultural inscriptions on food and eating in late capitalist society regarding gender, sexuality and colour, critically highligting the identity politics of the supermarket context.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Harryette Mullen, Gertrude Stein, Everyday studies
General Literature Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-135465OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-135465DiVA: diva2:1081904
The 15th Annual Modernist Studies Association Conference,University of Sussex, Brighton, August 29 - September 1, 2013