Wednesday, July 8, 2015
My workshop edition of Gertrude Stein’s novel Ida (1941) has been published by Yale University Press, and a related article on Stein’s archive, “Gertrude Stein’s Twin,” is in Textual Practice (25.6). This edition of Ida includes a suite of contextualizing materials: drafts, letters, and intertexts from Stein’s archive; reviews of the novel; essays by Thornton Wilder, her main interlocutor in the late 1930s; and the story of the Ida character’s referent, Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor. See the reviews in The New York Times and ALA’s Choice.
Currently I am co-editing, with Deborah Mix, an MLA volume, “Approaches to Teaching the Works of Gertrude Stein.” It should be out in 2017 and will include 26 essays. Separate from this volume I have an essay on teaching Tender Buttons.
I am also working on a monograph, “Gertrude Stein in Letters,” in support of which I received the Edith and Richard French Fellowship (2014-15) from the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University.
I have published three articles that address letter writing: “Dickinson’s Epistolary ‘Naturalness,’” in The Emily Dickinson Journal (14.1); “Stein, Riding and The Space of Letters,” in the Journal of Modern Literature (29.4); and “The Saintsbury Years of Marianne Moore,” in Textual Cultures (5.1). Material for this work on Stein and Moore came from the American literature collection at the Beinecke Library and the Marianne Moore collection at the Rosenbach Museum.
Two more: on Walt Whitman and adornment, in Whitman Among the Bohemians, and on Ronald Johnson and his work as poet-editor for Radi os, in a National Poetry Foundation collection.
I have short essays on Susan Howe, Charles Bernstein and Laura Riding, and have published a couple of poetry chapbooks, one out from Phylum Press. Both were written in collaboration with the artwork of Lara Odell; for an exhibition of her work in 2002 I wrote the catalogue introduction. She’s done a beautiful illustration for Stein’s Ida.
Some book reviews:
- The Hollister and Setina edition of Stein’s Stanzas In Meditation
- Reading Emily Dickinson’s Letters: Critical Essays (Eberwein & MacKenzie, eds.)
- Catherine Morley’s The Quest for Epic in Contemporary American Fiction
- Joel Bettridge’s Reading as Belief: Language, Writing, Poetics, Faith
- Ulla Dydo’s Gertrude Stein: The Language That Rises, 1923-1934
- Thomas Gardner’s A Door Ajar: Contemporary Writers and Emily Dickinson
- Graham Foust’s As In Every Deafness
- Juliana Spahr’s Everybody’s Autonomy: Connective Reading and Collective Identity
I grew up in the Thompson-Shuswap area in British Columbia, in Chase and in Kamloops. I have a BA from UBC in Vancouver, Canada, an MA from UWO in London, Canada, and a PhD from SUNY Buffalo, USA.