Brian Glavey

Brian Glavey is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of The Wallflower Avant-Garde: Modernism, Sexuality, and Queer Ekphrasis and is currently working on a book project on relatability and the poetics of oversharing.


Modernity and Other Nocturnal Distempers

Self-published in 1928, the annus mirabilis of queer modernism, Djuna Barnes’s Ladies Almanack is a landmark of sapphic modernity. As Susan S. Lanser notes in her introduction to a 1992 edition of Barnes’s idiosyncratic almanac, the text’s “lesbian cosmology” constitutes a radical revision of “Western culture, creating alternatives to patriarchal ritual, dogma, and myth.”