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Daniela Caselli, Improper Modernism: Djuna Barnes's Bewildering Corpus (Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2009). 300pp. ISBN: 978-0-7546-5200-7. Monika Faltejskova, Djuna Barnes, T. S. Eliot and the Gender Dynamics of Modernism (London: Routledge, 2010). 224pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-99626-6. Diane Warren, Djuna Barnes' Consuming Fictions (Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2008). 206pp. ISBN: 978-0-7546-3920-6.

Daniela Caselli, Improper Modernism: Djuna Barnes's Bewildering Corpus (Surrey: Ashgate... ‘Nothing erased but much submerged’: Recent Developments in Djuna Barnes Studies Daniela Caselli, Improper Modernism: Djuna Barnes’s Bewildering Corpus (Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2009). 300pp. ISBN: 978-0-7546-5200-7. Monika Faltejskova, Djuna Barnes, T. S. Eliot and the Gender Dynamics of Modernism (London: Routledge, 2010). 224pp. ISBN: 978-0-41599626-6. Diane Warren, Djuna Barnes’ Consuming Fictions (Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2008). 206pp. ISBN: 978-0-7546-3920-6. Djuna Barnes – author, poet, playwright, modernist, and woman – has consistently evaded categorisation, and since her death in 1982 much critical speculation and theorisation has been devoted to her life and work; in particular, to her 1936 novel, Nightwood. Her oeuvre continues to elude definition, but the last three years have seen the development of a critical view regarding her work that embraces the impossibility of truly ‘positioning’ Barnes’ work, seeing her elusiveness as an essential part of her literary identity. Diane Warren’s Djuna Barnes’ Consuming Fictions focuses on Barnes’ perception of cultural boundaries, and the construction of the individual in a cultural ‘matrix’ (xvi), studying in detail the role of narrative in this construction, and the problems inherent in the acts of both representation and interpretation. Her study works through Barnes’ corpus chronologically, drawing on a range of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Daniela Caselli, Improper Modernism: Djuna Barnes's Bewildering Corpus (Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2009). 300pp. ISBN: 978-0-7546-5200-7. Monika Faltejskova, Djuna Barnes, T. S. Eliot and the Gender Dynamics of Modernism (London: Routledge, 2010). 224pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-99626-6. Diane Warren, Djuna Barnes' Consuming Fictions (Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2008). 206pp. ISBN: 978-0-7546-3920-6.

Modernist Cultures , Volume 5 (2): 340 – Oct 1, 2010

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press 2010
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Book Reviews; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
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2041-1022
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1753-8629
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10.3366/mod.2010.0109
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‘Nothing erased but much submerged’: Recent Developments in Djuna Barnes Studies Daniela Caselli, Improper Modernism: Djuna Barnes’s Bewildering Corpus (Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2009). 300pp. ISBN: 978-0-7546-5200-7. Monika Faltejskova, Djuna Barnes, T. S. Eliot and the Gender Dynamics of Modernism (London: Routledge, 2010). 224pp. ISBN: 978-0-41599626-6. Diane Warren, Djuna Barnes’ Consuming Fictions (Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2008). 206pp. ISBN: 978-0-7546-3920-6. Djuna Barnes – author, poet, playwright, modernist, and woman – has consistently evaded categorisation, and since her death in 1982 much critical speculation and theorisation has been devoted to her life and work; in particular, to her 1936 novel, Nightwood. Her oeuvre continues to elude definition, but the last three years have seen the development of a critical view regarding her work that embraces the impossibility of truly ‘positioning’ Barnes’ work, seeing her elusiveness as an essential part of her literary identity. Diane Warren’s Djuna Barnes’ Consuming Fictions focuses on Barnes’ perception of cultural boundaries, and the construction of the individual in a cultural ‘matrix’ (xvi), studying in detail the role of narrative in this construction, and the problems inherent in the acts of both representation and interpretation. Her study works through Barnes’ corpus chronologically, drawing on a range of

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