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A devilish script: The struggle for “oneness” in Gertrude Stein's “Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights”


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In Gertrude Stein's Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, the two main characters obsess over their inability either to be “the only ones who know” or to access a singularity in meaning itself. While the characters rely anxiously on deductive logic, repetition and social consensus to secure both meaning and “self”-hood, the play suggests that the attempt to permanently stabilize meaning cannot succeed. Doctor Faustus participates in the cultural reproduction of Faust as a canonical narrative, but simultaneously critiques the processes by which humans attempt to determine linguistically indeterminable categories of existence and meaning, especially in the dramatic form. In particular, the script's abandonment of linguistic and theatrical conventions emphasizes the inherent multiplicity of scripts, performances, and language itself. Confidently masochistic, Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights encourages a theater that bursts from the confines of the script, embracing ambiguity and possibility instead of mimesis and stasis.

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Subject
Literature;
Theater
Classification
0298: Literature
0465: Theater
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Language, literature and linguistics; Gertrude Stein
Title
A devilish script: The struggle for “oneness” in Gertrude Stein's “Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights”
Author
Bartley, Aryn E. W.
Number of pages
30
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0128
Source
MAI 43/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542087677, 0542087677
Advisor
Roof, Judith
University/institution
Michigan State University
University location
United States -- Michigan
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1426408
ProQuest document ID
305454625
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305454625
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