Djuna Barnes,
                Paris 1921


"There is always more surface to a shattered object than a whole." --Djuna Barnes

Djuna Barnes (1892-1982) is a writer of growing importance in American Modernist scholarship. Though neglected by academia for decades, she has been recently rediscovered as a major contributor to Modernist aesthetics. She was admired by her contemporaries for her gifts spanning different genres such as journalism, illustration, drawings, poetry, and fiction.

This website was designed by Darcy L. Brandel and Jamie L. McDaniel as part of a larger examination of American Modernism for a graduate course that took place in the Spring of 2003 in the English Department at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. We hope that this exploration of Barnes and her multifaceted ways of seeing will encourage and cultivate collaborative scholarship across the disciplines.

Read Two Papers on Barnes Critical Bibliography of Selected Sources Listing of Internet Resources Gallery of Art and Photographs Selected Interviews by and with Barnes Gallery of Contextual Information on Barnes Relevent NYC and Paris Maps Share Your Ideas on American Modernism Learn More about Our Scholarship


     Read each of our critical papers on the works of Djuna Barnes.


     Collaborative bibliography of selected sources that help contextualize important themes in Barnes's life and work.


     An annotated list of online resources for Barnes scholarship.


     Browse through our gallery of photographs of Barnes and her contemporaries.


     Barnes had an a natural charisma when conducting interviews. Explore this collection of some of her finest, many including her illustrations.


     Check out Barnes's primary texts and artwork online. Includes some of her work as well as relevant quotations and links to other pages.


     A bird's-eye view of Djuna Barnes's various residences, both in New York and Paris.


     Engage in discussion on Barnes and other issues in American Modernism: Raise questions, discuss teaching strategies, contribute additional resources.

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