Never-Begotten Perfect Daughters: Laura Riding's and Mina Loy's Steinian Inheritances

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This paper argues that Gertrude Stein acts as a significant point of connection between poets Laura Riding and Mina Loy. Their critical responses to Gertrude Stein’s work display similar praise of its newness and immediacy, whereby language is ‘cleansed’ of historical experience. This shared conception of Stein’s anti-historical poetics complements their engagement with traditional influence in their own poetry, through which they both prioritise the new in a Steinian notion of a ‘pure’ language. The identification of this link illuminates the symmetrical preoccupations of their poetic careers, making it possible to situate Laura Riding in a network of her female contemporaries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-100
JournalThe Robert Graves Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sep 2021


  • laura riding
  • mina loy
  • gertrude stein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory


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