Djuna Barnes’ The Book of Repulsive Women symmetry ofthe relationship between author and text with th tion of instituting the agency ofthe “living” author. Djuna Barnes was born in Great Britain and moved to New York in , where she briefly studied at the Pratt Institute of Art. In the s she moved to Paris. The Book of Repulsive Women: 8 Rhythms and 5 Drawings (Sun & Moon Classics) [Djuna Barnes, Douglas Messerli] on *FREE* shipping on.

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Dec 01, Cillasi rated it did not like it. Part of this letter is quoted in Broe, Silence and Powerr Short collection of poems from a poet who really deserves to be read more widely. At some point in all of our lives we’ve been told that we are repulsive, often for not acting as women are told we should.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This is the body talking, but the mouth is outside the body, or perhaps the eyes. Five Faces of Modernity: Stephen rated it it was amazing Jul 09, There were a few poems here that I read half a dozen times and never could find much meaning in.

It’s also an interesting title because of its relationships to I’ve been meaning to read Djuna Barnes for years but have been terribly lazy about it. U of North Carolina P, The U of North Carolina P, Still her clothing is less risky Than her body in its prime, They are chain-stitched and so is she Chain-stitched to her soul for time.



Chapel Hill and London: Refresh and try again. Losses, Journeys, and Ascensions: Barnes played an important part in the development of 20th century English language modernist writing and was one of the key figures in s and 30s bohemian Paris after filling a similar role in the Greenwich Village of the teens.

And Barnes d My first foray into the biting sensuality of Djuna Barnes.

I did not know that it still existed, wonen so did nothing about the copyright. This is a work really best-suited for those who have already read Nightwood and maybe Ryder with wo,en this little work has more in common and provides insight into Barnes’ development as an artist. It would be considered progressive feminism today, 97 years after it was written. Overall, it’s a great little collection. Barnes writes in a curiously anachronistic style, in which content jars against form, as if children’s nursery rhymes were refilled with material purged by centuries of prurient censorship, and made vibrant, living things again.

Her body shock-abbreviated As a city cat. Barnes com- prehensively represses the existence of the text as object, boook here not to the historical existence of the text, but to the enduring existence of copies of the publication. This collection is like a briefer, chattier, sexed up Moore- but it also lacked Moore’s polish and breadth.


Foreword and Commentary by Douglas Messerli. I just wish it was longer.

The Book of Repulsive Women: 8 Rhythms and 5 Drawings

You, the twilight powder of A womeh dawn; You, the massive mother of Illicit spawn; While the others shrink in virtue You have borne. Barnes, Loy, and Modernism.

The poems and drawings contained here are fun and, as with Djua other writings, were very avant-garde at the time, but the best was yet to come. The logic of these poems is intricate: One problem the contemporary editor faces is Barnes’ own reluctance to republish, or even acknowledge, her own earlier work. Lips, long lengthened by wise words Unsaid.

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Djuna Barnes was a writer and journalist in New York and Paris in the ‘s and ‘s. Click here to sign up.

Barnes’ has a nice grip on language, but her themes are banal and she’s a sonance-rhyming poet, which I can’t stan An endlessly fascinating person in her own right and a great novelist, Djuna Barnes is not a very good poet.