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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In her work, as it were, nothing looks the same as it used to. Djuna Barnes—daybooks; Djuna Barnes—vita.

Dec 01, Cillasi rated it did not like it. Women and the Literature of Modernity. U of Texas P, In one letter describing the reissue, Barnes wishfully djjna that the book as material object had vanished: Log In Sign Up.

abrnes In adding to the burgeoning oeuvre of Barnes’ writings available to the contemporary reader, this collected edition of Barnes’ poems is long overdue. Carcanet Press Digital access available through Exact Editions.

The Book of Repulsive Women.

Lips, long lengthened by wise words Unsaid. Jeff Wyonch rated it it was ok Jun 24, What altar cloth, what rag of worth Unpriced? Subscribe to our mailing list.

Although the rhythms are very basic in terms of their structure, I think they are very well written. Marianne Moore observed, “reading Djuna Barnes is like reading a foreign language, which you understand”.

In his biography Djuna: I guess a first effort from the unique novelist, playwright, and owmen Barnes. Djuna Barnes to Oscar Baron But there is still in these “rhythms” a seething beat of sexuality and vice, whipped up Originally published in the chap book series by Bruno of Greenwich Village inthis renowned volume of poetry presented portraits of women of the period -a mother, prostitute, cabaret dancer, and others-which rpulsive wildly radical in their day dominated as it was by Victorian mores.


The MIT Press, Oct 01, Patrick Nichols rated it really liked it Shelves: This was fun poetry, very quick to read. The Dial Press, Part of this letter is quoted in Broe, Silence and Powerr This collection is like a briefer, chattier, sexed up Moore- but it also lacked Moore’s polish and breadth.

It is interesting to consider that Barnes rejected this collection, and the only reason it is still in print is that it wasn’t copyrighted at publication.

repulsvie We can think of women Barnes describes as being supposedly repulsive, as well as the woman who is describing them and wanting them. The Book of Repulsive Women includes previously unpublished poems, and five illustrations by Barnes herself.

The Book of Repulsive Women and Other Poems by Djuna Barnes

An endlessly fascinating person in her own right and a great novelist, Djuna Barnes is not a very good poet. Per- haps it remained biok at least partly because repulsion, irrespective of its valence, does suggest the positionality of reader; it is an orienting term even in its antipathy.

This feeling causes both discomfort tepulsive fascination, an edge which this great writer of the Left Bank walks with the poise of no other. What turn of body, what of lust Undiced? Rhymes, insofar as they are always similarly dissimilar, operate to attract and repulse words from each other, proposing a poetic logic in which nothing looks sounds the same as it used to.


The Book of Repulsive Women: 8 Rhythms and 5 Drawings

Your dying hair hand-beaten ‘Round your head. The Theory of Psychoanalysis. With satiated fingers dragging At your palms. Naked—female—baby In grimace, With your belly bulging stately Into space. September x x 8 mm pages Publisher: Each poem is abrupt and seemingly random, apparently at odds with the contextual material of the col- lection.

Shambhobi Ghosh rated it really liked it Feb 13, S O she stands—nude—stretching dully Two amber combs loll through her hair A vague molested carpet pitches Down the dusty length of stair. Djuna Barnes to Margaret Anderson, We’d feel you Coil in fear Leaning across the fertile Fields to leer As you urged some bitter secret Through the ear.

Repulsive Modernism: Djuna Barnes’ The Book of Repulsive Women | Melissa Jane Hardie –

It was published in four versions over nearly forty years, from to Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Barnes com- prehensively represses the existence of the text as object, referring here not to the historical existence of the text, but to the enduring existence of copies of the publication.

What turn of body, what of lust Undiced? Paperback36 pages. New York and London: Jun 18, Sam rated it liked it Shelves: