Djuna Barnes

Djuna Barnes (jōōn´ə), 1892–1982, American author, b. Cornwall, N.Y. She is best known for her modernist novel Nightwood (1936), which, in its sense of horror and decay, was likened by T. S. Eliot, who edited the book, to an Elizabethan tragedy. Barnes also wrote several one-act plays produced by the Provincetown Players from 1919 to 1920. Her other works include Ryder (1928), a novel; collections of short stories and poems, including A Night Among Horses (1929) and Selected Works (1962); and The Antiphon (1958), a tragedy in verse.

See biographies by A. Field (1983, 1985) and P. Herring (1995).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Following Djuna: Women Lovers and the Erotics of Loss
Carolyn Allen.
Indiana University Press, 1996
Gothic Modernisms
Andrew Smith; Jeff Wallace.
Palgrave, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Strolling in the Dark: Gothic Flanerie in Djuna Barnes's Nightwood"
Difference in View: Women and Modernism
Gabriele Griffin.
Taylor & Francis, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "'The Museum of Their Encounter': The Collision of Past and Present in the Fiction of Djuna Barnes"
Techniques of Subversion in Modern Literature: Transgression, Abjection, and the Carnivalesque
M. Keith Booker.
University of Florida Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Abjection and the Carnivalesque: Transgression in Nightwood and Nights at the Circus"
Queer Poetics: Five Modernist Women Writers
Mary E. Galvin.
Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "'Dropping Crooked into Rhyme:' Djuna Barnes' Use of Form and the Liminal Space of Gender"
Special Relationships: Anglo-American Affinities and Antagonisms, 1854-1936
Janet Beer; Bridget Bennett.
Manchester University Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "Unreal Cities and Undead Legacies: T. S. Eliot and Gothic Hauntings in Waugh's A Handful of Dust and Barnes's Nightwood"
Djuna Barnes and T. S. Eliot: The Politics and Poetics of Nightwood(1)
Fleischer, Georgette.
Studies in the Novel, Vol. 30, No. 3, Fall 1998
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Troubling the "Master's Voice": Djuna Barnes's Pictorial Strategies
Martyniuk, Irene.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 31, No. 3, September 1998
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American Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, vol.1, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Djuna Barnes (1892-1982)" begins on p. 1
The White Logic: Alcoholism and Gender in American Modernist Fiction
John W. Crowley.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Transcendence Downward: Nightwood"
Reading Rape: The Rhetoric of Sexual Violence in American Literature and Culture, 1790-1990
Sabine Sielke.
Princeton University Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "'Soiled! Despoiled! Handled! Mauled! Rumpled! Rummaged! Ransacked!': Styles and Hyperboles of Seduction, Rape, and Incest in Djuna Barnes's Ryder" begins on p. 77
A Book of Repulsive Jews?: Rereading 'Nightwood.' (Djuna Barnes)
Altman, Meryl.
The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 13, No. 3, Fall 1993
Faith of a (Woman) Writer
Alice Kessler-Harris; William McBrien.
Greenwood Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Djuna Barnes begins on p. 71
American Women Writers, 1900-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Laurie Champion.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Djuna Barnes (Lydia Steptoe) (1892-1982)" begins on p. 20
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