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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Djuna Barnes: Selected full-text books and articles

Following Djuna: Women Lovers and the Erotics of Loss By Carolyn Allen Indiana University Press, 1996
Modern Drama by Women, 1880s-1930s: An International Anthology By Katherine E. Kelly Routledge, 1996
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Gothic Modernisms By Andrew Smith; Jeff Wallace Palgrave, 2001
Librarian's tip: Chap. 5 "Strolling in the Dark: Gothic Flanerie in Djuna Barnes's Nightwood"
"Dropping Crooked into Rhyme": Djuna Barnes's Disabled Poetics in the Book of Repulsive Women By Unger, Mary I Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, Vol. 30, No. 1, January 2013
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Queer Poetics: Five Modernist Women Writers By 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 By 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) By 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 By Martyniuk, Irene Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 31, No. 3, September 1998
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The White Logic: Alcoholism and Gender in American Modernist Fiction By 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 By 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
Modern (Post) Modern: Djuna Barnes among the Others By Gerstenberger, Donna The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 13, No. 3, Fall 1993
Djuna Barnes's Mystery in Morocco: Making the Most of Little By Mailloux, Peter The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 13, No. 3, Fall 1993
A Book of Repulsive Jews?: Rereading 'Nightwood.' (Djuna Barnes) By Altman, Meryl The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 13, No. 3, Fall 1993
American Women Writers, 1900-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook By Laurie Champion Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian's tip: "Djuna Barnes (Lydia Steptoe) (1892-1982)" begins on p. 20
American Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960 By Harold Bloom Chelsea House, vol.1, 1997
Librarian's tip: "Djuna Barnes (1892-1982)" begins on p. 1
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