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Bibliography of Selected Sources on Djuna Barnes

Biographical Information

Benstock, Shari. "Djuna Barnes: Rue St.-Romain." Women of the Left Bank: Paris, 1900-1940. Austin: U of

     Texas P, 1986. 230-67.

Field, Andrew. Djuna: The Life and Times of Djuna Barnes. New York: Putnam, 1983.

---. Djuna, The Formidable Miss Barnes. Austin: U of Texas P, 1985.

Herring, Phillip F. Djuna: The Life and Work of Djuna Barnes. New York: Viking, 1995.

O'Neal, Hank. "Life is painful, nasty & short--in my case it has only been painful and nasty": Djuna Barnes,

     1978-1981: An Informal Memoir. New York: Paragon House Publishers, 1990.

Issues of Sexuality in Barnes's Texts

Allen, Carolyn J. "Sexual Narrative in the Fiction of Djuna Barnes." Sexual Practice/Textual Theory: Lesbian

     Cultural Criticism. Eds. Susan J. Wolfe and Julia Penelope. Cambridge: Blackwell, 1993. 184-198.

Bunzmann, Katharina. "Djuna Barnes's Queer Surrealism: An American Woman in Paris." Pioneering North

     America: Mediators of European Culture and Literature. 79-87.

Michel, Frann. "'I just loved Thelma'': Djuna Barnes and the Construction of Bisexuality." Review of

     Contemporary Fiction: Djuna Barnes 13.3 (1993): 53-61.

Gilbert, Sandra. "Costumes of the Mind: Transvestism as Metaphor in Modern Literature." Critical Inquiry 7

     (1980): 391-417.

Gubar, Susan. "Blessings in Disguise: Cross-Dressing as Re-Dressing for Female Modernists." Massachusetts

     Review: A Quarterly of Literature, the Arts, and Public Affairs 22.4 (1981): 477-508.

Herring, Phillip F. "Djuna Barnes and the Narrative of Violation." Modes of Narrative: Approaches to American,

     Canadian, and British Fiction. Wurzburg: Konigshausen and Neumann, 1990. 100-109.

---. "'This is obscene': Female Voyeurism, Sexual Abuse, and Maternal Power in The Dove." Review of

     Contemporary Fiction: Djuna Barnes 13.3 (1993): 97-106.

Kautz, Elizabeth Dolan. "Gynecologists, Power, and Sexuality in Modernist Texts." Journal of Popular Culture

     28.4 (1995): 81-91.

Kent, Kathryn R. "Ryder as Contraception: Barnes v. the Reproduction of Mothering." Review of Contemporary

     Fiction: Djuna Barnes. 13.3 (1993): 97-106.

Levine, Nancy J. "'I've always suffered from sirens': The Cinema Vamp and Djuna Barnes' Nightwood." Women's

     Studies 16 (1989): 70-88.

Barnes and Modernism

Carlston, Erin G. "'The Learned Corruption of Language': Nightwood's Failed Flirtation with Fascism." Thinking

     Fascism: Sapphic Modernism and Fascist Modernity. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1998. 42-85.

Chisholm, Dianne. "Obscene Modernism: Eros Noir and the Profane Illumination of Djuna Barnes." American

     Literature 69.1 (1997): 167-206.

Danzer, Ina. "Between Decadence and Surrealism: The Other Modernism of Djuna Barnes." Arbeiten aus

     Anglistik und Amerikanistik 23.2 (1998): 239-57.

Gerstenberger, Donna. "Modern (Post) Modern: Djuna Barnes Among the Others." Review of Contemporary

     Fiction 13.3 (1993): 33-40.

Goody, Alex. "Ladies of Fashion/Modern(ist) Women: Mina Loy and Djuna Barnes." Women: A Cultural Review

     10.3 (1999): 266-82.

Harper, Phillip Brian. Framing the Margins: The Social Logic of Postmodern Culture. New York: Oxford UP,


Miller, Tyrus. Late Modernism: Politics, Fiction, and the Arts between the Wars. Berkeley: U of California P,


Parsons, Deborah L. "Women in the Circus of Modernity: Djuna Barnes and Nightwood." Women: A Cultural

     Review 9.3 (1998): 266-77.

Scott, Bonnie Kime. "Barnes Being 'Beast Familiar': Representation on the Margins of Modernism." Review of

     Contemporary Fiction 13.3 (1993): 41-52.

---. "A Joyce of One's Own: Following the Lead of Woolf, West, and Barnes." Rereading Modernism: New

     Directions in Feminist Criticism. Ed. Lisa Rado. New York: Garland, 1994. 209-30.

Tancheva, Kornelia. "'I Do Not Participate in Liberations': Female Dramatic and Theatrical Modernism in the

     1910s and 1920s." Unmanning Modernism: Gendered Re-Readings. Eds. Elizabeth Jane Harrison and Shirley

     Peterson. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1997. 153-67.

Williamson, Alan. "The Divided Image: The Quest for Identity in the Works of Djuna Barnes." Critique 7 (1964):


Subversion and Experimentation in Barnes's Texts

Allen, Paula Smith. Metamorphosis and the Emergence of the Feminine: A Motif of "Difference" in Women's

     Writing. New York: P. Lang, 1999.

Baird, James. "Djuna Barnes and Surrealism: 'Backward Grief.'" Individual and Community: Variations on a

     Theme in American Fiction. Eds. Kenneth H. Baldwin and David K. Kirby. Durham: Duke UP, 1975. 160-81.

Blyn, Robin. "From Stage to Page: Franz Kafka, Djuna Barnes, and Modernism's Freak Fictions." Narrative 8.2

     (2000): 134-60.

Bockting, Margaret. "The Great War and Modern Gender Consciousness: The Subversive Tactics of Djuna

     Barnes." Mosaic 30.3 (1997): 21- 38.

Broe, Mary Lynn, ed. Silence and Power: A Reevaluation of Djuna Barnes. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP,


Gallagher, Jean. "Vision and Inversion in Nightwood." MFS: Modern Fiction Studies 47.2 (2001): 279-305.

Gerstenberger, Donna. "The Radical Narrative of Djuna Barnes's Nightwood." Breaking the Sequence: Women's

     Experimental Fiction. Eds. Ellen G. Friedman and Miriam Fuchs. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1989. 129-39.

Griffin, Barbara J. "Two Experimental Writers: Djuna Barnes and Anais Nin." American Women Writers:

     Bibliographical Essays. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1983. 135-166.

Horner, Avril. "'A Detour of Filthiness': French Fiction and Djuna Barnes's Nightwood." European Gothic: A

     Spirited Exchange, 1760-1960. Manchester, England: Manchester UP, 2002. 230-51.

Loeffelholz, Mary. Experimental Lives: Women and Literature, 1900-1945. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1992.

Schneider, Lissa. "Spectacular Confessions: 'How it feels to be forcebly fed.'" Review of Contemporary Fiction:

     Djuna Barnes 13.3 (1993): 41-52.

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