Improper Modernism: Djuna Barnes's Bewildering Corpus

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - Literary Criticism - 290 pages
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Daniela Caselli raises timely questions about Djuna Barnes, biography and feminist criticism, identity and authority, and modernist canon formation and tackles a central issue in Barnes: intertextuality. Caselli shows that throughout Barnes's corpus, the repetition of texts, by other authors (from Blake to Middleton) and by Barnes herself, forces us to rethink the relationship between authority and gender in modernism.
 

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Contents

The Unreadable Pleasures of Ladies Almanack
35
Barness Posthumous
67
The Short Stories
121
Darkness Visible
151
Ryder and The Antiphon
191
Conclusion
257
Index
283
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Daniela Caselli is senior lecturer in twentieth-century literature and culture in the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Manchester, UK.

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