Waking Dreaming

Wednesday, 1 December 2004 - 5:00pm

200 College Hall, 3450 Woodland Walk

Waking Dreaming

Gertrude Stein, Automatic Writing, and the Neurophysiology of Altered States of Consciousness

Steven Meyer

Associate Professor of English Literature
Washington University

As a student at the Harvard Psychological Laboratory, Gertrude Stein carried out experiments in automatic writing; as an expatriate in Paris, she devoted herself to literary experimentation. Leading expert on the science-literature interface, Steven Meyer explores connections between recent research into "exceptional mental states" and Stein's boundary-breaking writing.

Steven Meyer teaches modern poetry and modern intellectual history at Washington University in St. Louis. His study, Irresistable Dictation: Gertrude Stein and the Correlations of Writing and Science, was published in 2001 (Stanford University Press). His current projects include a study of modern poetry entitled "Rhythms of Thought: Twentieth-Century Poetry after the Fact" and a second volume on Stein, "Gertrude Stein among the Neuroscientists."