A Rose Is (Dear Gertrude Stein)

Rina Miriam  Drescher

Rochester, United States

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Acrylic on wood panel
12×12 inches / 30×30 cm
Copyright © Rina Miriam Drescher 2007
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Gertrude Stein’s famous quote “A rose is a rose is a rose” has often been interpreted to mean things are what they are.

What is Gertrude Stein referring to in ‘Rose is a rose’ in Sacred Emily?

“Several theories exist about ‘Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.’ One of them, advanced by poststructuralist Stein critics mostly in the 1970s and early 80s, deals with the deconstruction of poetic convention and the reification of nouns as nouns (the technique Stein announces variously in her essays on poetics). Other critics like to read this statement through Tender Buttons in analogy to Stein’s use of ‘silver’ in ‘Rooms,’ which, as Marianne DeKoven (and in part also Lisa Ruddick) in her more recent work on Stein maintains, connotes a ‘coded’ lover. Repetition would therefore reconstruct this lover in what Stein calls the continuous present, or ‘Time-sense,’ in ‘Composition as Explanation.’” –Sonja Streuber

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