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Links Page for Resources on Djuna Barnes

General Information

The Djuna Barnes profile at Studio Cleo contains a biography of Barnes, the text of T. S. Eliot's introduction to her novel Nightwood, and a complete bibliography of Barnes's works.

This hypertextual journey through the works, drawings, and thoughts of Djuna Barnes presents her views on censorship and journals as well as some examples of Barnes's "gonzo journalism." Explore!

Works Online

The Book of Repulsive Women is a collection of eight poems and five drawings by Barnes. The site also has comments on the work.

Ladies Almanack is Barnes's lesbian satire of Victorian ladies' handbooks and eighteenth century medical manuals.

"Shadows" is a poem that was published in Munsey's Magazine in 1916.

Criticism and Bibliography

Unlike many of her contemporaries, much of the critical work that has been done on Djuna Barnes is not available online. However, Laura Winkiel's discussion of P. T. Barnum, vaudeville, and Barnes's life in "Circuses and Spectacles: Public Culture in Nightwood" as well as Sarah Henstra's argument about the "elusive narrative gap between what a character says and what the text intends us to hear" in "Looking the Part: Performative Narration in Djuna Barnes's Nightwood and Katherine Mansfield's 'Je Ne Pane Pas Francais'" give adequate introductions to the world of Barnes criticism and to her most well-known novel.

The Perspectives in American Literature site maintained by Professor Paul P. Reuben at California State University Stanislaus includes a selected bibliography of critical and theoretical writings that pertain to Barnes.


The University of Maryland Libraries house the major collection of Barnes's writing, including correspondence with a number of writers and patrons of the period, personal writings, photographs, original artwork, and books from her personal library. The site also contains a guide to the papers of Djuna Barnes in PDF format. Additionally, information on the related collections of the papers of Irwin Cohen, of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, of James Stern, of Saxon Barnes (Djuna Barnes's brother), and the Barnes family papers is available.

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