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Expatriation as Autonomy: Djuna Barnes, James Joyce, and Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism

Djuna Barnes and James Joyce

in Fictions of Autonomy: Modernism from Wilde to de Man

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199861125
eISBN:
9780199332724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199861125.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter reconsiders artistic expatriation. In the work of the American expatriate Djuna Barnes, expatriation does not lead automatically to autonomous literary production; instead, Barnes seeks ... More


Abandoned Lives: Impossible Projects and Archival Remains

Melanie Micir

in The Passion Projects: Modernist Women, Intimate Archives, Unfinished Lives

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691193113
eISBN:
9780691194271
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691193113.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter theorizes biographical failure, such as what happens when it feels impossible to finish telling a life story. It reads two incomplete biographical projects in the context of what Jack ... More


Lunatic Forms: Djuna Barnes’s Stone Guests

Natalie Pollard

in Poetry, Publishing, and Visual Culture from Late Modernism to the Twenty-first Century: Fugitive Pieces

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198852605
eISBN:
9780191887024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198852605.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Chapter 1 examines derivation and re-animation in Djuna Barnes’s early-twentieth-century lyric novel, Nightwood, focusing on redeployed aesthetic figures: the sleepwalker, the unstoppable narrator, ... More


Wonder and Decay: Djuna Barnes’s New York

Katherine Biers

in Virtual Modernism: Writing and Technology in the Progressive Era

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816667543
eISBN:
9781452946542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816667543.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on Djuna Barnes, a conventionally modernist writer. It argues that Barnes’s much-noted baroque literary style can be traced not to the interwar movement of the neobaroque in ... More


From Eggbeaters and Alcohol to Gryphons, Dolls, and Puppets: The Affective Mobilities of Djuna Barnes’s Objects

Pavlina Radia

in Modernist Objects: Literature, Art, Culture

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781949979503
eISBN:
9781800341470
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781949979503.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

For modernists like Djuna Barnes, objects mark, but also frequently mobilize, the very conflict that exists between the characters who are depersonalized by their sense of racial, cultural, class, ... More


“What are you trying to say?”— “I’m saying it”: Queer Performativity in and across Time

Penny Farfan

in Performing Queer Modernism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190679699
eISBN:
9780190679736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190679699.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter considers Djuna Barnes’s 1923 metatheatrical parodies To the Dogs and The Dove to suggest that the audience for queer modernist performance was not limited to past spectators but has ... More


Postmobilization Kinkiness: Barnes, West, Miller, and the Military’s Frankness about Sex and Venereal Disease

Keith Gandal

in The Gun and the Pen: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner and the Fiction of Mobilization

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195338911
eISBN:
9780199867127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338911.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, American, 20th Century Literature

By the 1930s, the postmobilization tale of Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and Hemingway (the racist promiscuity plot) was already being subverted, while still being utilized. In Tropic of Cancer by Henry ... More


Antisapphic Modernism

Scott Herring

in Queering the Underworld: Slumming, Literature, and the Undoing of Lesbian and Gay History

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226327907
eISBN:
9780226327921
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327921.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Would you fault Djuna Barnes for hating homosexuals? From 1941, the year she returned to New York following a lengthy expatriation in Paris, to her death in 1982, Barnes occupied a cramped flat in ... More


“I wanna be your puppy”: Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood and the Queer Cute Body

Anna Christine

in Affective Materialities: Reorienting the Body in Modernist Literature

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780813056289
eISBN:
9780813058078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056289.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Taking up queer reconfigurations of the modernist body, Anna Christine addresses Djuna Barnes’s unusual array of bodies in Nightwood—bodies that cross boundaries of human and animal, objects and ... More


Backing Barnes

Nick Salvato

in Uncloseting Drama: Modernism's Queer Theatres

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300155396
eISBN:
9780300160178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300155396.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines the work of Djuna Barnes. It argues that honoring the complexity of her literary output means not to speculate without great care about what personal experiences might be at the ... More


The Ekphrastic Vice: Djuna Barnes’s Spatial Form

Brian Glavey

in The Wallflower Avant-Garde: Modernism, Sexuality, and Queer Ekphrasis

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780190202651
eISBN:
9780190202675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190202651.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter argues that the organizing trope of Nightwood is an ekphrastic notion of still-movement. This trope explains Nightwood’s role in the formulation of Joseph Frank’s influential theory of ... More


Go Down, Djuna: The Art of “Transcendence Downward”

Steve Pinkerton

in Blasphemous Modernism: The 20th-Century Word Made Flesh

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780190627560
eISBN:
9780190627584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190627560.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter turns to the interwar period’s reigning assumptions about homosexuality as “sexual inversion,” and to the satiric demolition those assumptions undergo in the works of Djuna Barnes. In ... More


Laughter

Rachel Potter

in Obscene Modernism: Literary Censorship and Experiment 1900-1940

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199680986
eISBN:
9780191766008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680986.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Chapter Seven returns to the question of obscene aesthetics. It focuses on two ‘late’ modernist texts of the 1930s, Djuna Barnes’ Nightwood and Wyndham Lewis’ The Revenge for Love and argues that ... More


Pregnant Men: Biofuturity in Djuna Barnes and Virginia Woolf

Michael Davidson

in Invalid Modernism: Disability and the Missing Body of the Aesthetic

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198832812
eISBN:
9780191880476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198832812.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Chapter 5 investigates the idea of biofuturity within modernism, focusing specifically on the figure of male maternity in Djuna Barnes’ Nightwood and in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. Although the figure ... More


The Passion Projects: Modernist Women, Intimate Archives, Unfinished Lives

Melanie Micir

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691193113
eISBN:
9780691194271
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691193113.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

It's impossible, now, to think of modernism without thinking about gender, sexuality, and the diverse movers and shakers of the early twentieth century. But this was not always so. This book examines ... More


Queering the Underworld: Slumming, Literature, and the Undoing of Lesbian and Gay History

Scott Herring

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226327907
eISBN:
9780226327921
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327921.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

At the start of the twentieth century, tales of “how the other half lives” experienced a surge in popularity. People looking to go slumming without leaving home turned to these narratives for ... More


Into the Night Life: Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin

in Cinematic Fictions: The Impact of the Cinema on the American Novel up to World War II

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846312120
eISBN:
9781846315190
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846315190.013
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines the works of Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin, both of whom used continental surrealist cinema to compose dream narratives. Miller's first attempt at a dream narrative occurs in ... More


Virtual Modernism: Writing and Technology in the Progressive Era

Katherine Biers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816667543
eISBN:
9781452946542
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816667543.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This book offers a fresh view of the emergence of American literary modernism from the eruption of popular culture in the early twentieth century. Employing dynamic readings of the works of Stephen ... More


Personality, Celebrity, and Modernism’s ‘Impossible Interviews’

Rebecca Roach

in Literature and the Rise of the Interview

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780198825418
eISBN:
9780191864094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198825418.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the impact of an emergent promotional culture on interviews in the early years of the twentieth century. Enthusiastically adopted by self-help proponents, who encouraged ... More


Lateness as ‘Eschatology’: Futurism, Expressionism, Decadent Modernism

Ben Hutchinson

in Lateness and Modern European Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780198767695
eISBN:
9780191821578
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767695.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The final category of modernist lateness is the category of final things. Implicit throughout all the forms of lateness explored in this study is their evocation of mortality and finitude; pushed to ... More


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