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Djuna Barnes and Affective Modernism

Julie Taylor

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Explores the dynamic connections between the affective body and Djuna Barnes's textual corpus

Julie Taylor uses the writings of the American novelist, poet, dramatist, artist and journalist Djuna Barnes to form the basis of a series of disruptive questions about modernist aesthetics and the politics of reading.

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List of Illustrations
Introduction, Broken Hearts and Bleeding Wounds: Traumatic Modernism?
1. 'The excellent arrangement of catastrophe': Witnessing and Performance in The Antiphon
2. Djuna Barnes Beside Herself: Mixed Feelings, Sentimental Modernism, and Ryder
3. 'The infected carrier of the past': Nightwood, Shame, and Modernism
4. 'That magic reiteration': Ladies Almanack and Happiness

About the Author

Julie Taylor is lecturer in American Studies/Literature at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK. She is the author of Djuna Barnes and Affective Modernism (Edinburgh UP, 2012) and has recent and forthcoming publications on American modernism in the journals Modern Fiction Studies, Modernism/modernity, and Twentieth Century Literature.


A thorough and engaged analysis of the entirety of Barnes' oeuvre and the trajectory of her long writing career.
- Dr Joanne Winning, Birkbeck College, University of London
Julie Taylor offers a sophisticated, revisionary interpretation of Djuna Barnes' major writings and, at the same time, a substantial intervention into the theory of modernism and modernist-oriented literary criticism more generally.
- Professor Tyrus Miller, University of California at Santa Cruz