Event—Public Programming

Gertrude Stein’s Plastic Afterlife

From greeting cards and tote bags to paper dolls and finger puppets, Gertrude Stein occupies an extra-textual place in popular culture, serving alternately as gay icon, feminist role-model, celebrated eccentric, and, only incidentally, writer and art collector. In her colloquium presentation Melissa Bradshaw will discuss representations of Stein from the 1970s, a decade during which she both enjoyed popularity as kitsch for the cognoscenti and took on a new seriousness when the women’s movement adopted her as a literary foremother.