Carey, John. “Land of Make-Believe.” The Sunday [London] Times, August 23, 1998. Carey, a leading British academic and a literary critic, discusses England, England as an unusual combination of the comic and the serious, a philosophical novel that posits important questions about reality.
Guignery, Vanessa. The Fiction of Julian Barnes. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. Provides an excellent assessment of Barnes’s literary works, including his novels, and presents a compilation of the interpretation of Barnes’s works by other critics.
Higdon, David Leon. “’Unconfessed Confessions’: The Narrators of Graham Swift and Julian Barnes.” In The British and Irish Novel Since 1960, edited by James Acheson. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1991. Argues that the fiction of Swift and Barnes defines what is meant by British postmodernism. Asserts that the works of the two authors share themes of estrangement, obsession, and the power of the past.
Locke, Richard. “Flood of Forms.” The New Republic 201 (December 4, 1989): 40-43. Locke, a professor of comparative literature, places Barnes’s interest in form and style in the context of modern literature, beginning with Gustave Flaubert. Summarizes all of Barnes’s novels, focusing particularly on A History of the World in 10¡ Chapters.
Mosely, Merritt. Understanding Julian Barnes. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1997. Provides a general introduction to Barnes’s life and work, briefly discussing his novels, stories, and nonfiction. Includes a bibliography of criticism of Barnes’s fiction.
Pateman, Matthew. Julian Barnes. Tavistock, England: Northcote House, 2002. Presents an insightful scholarly interpretation of Barnes’s novels through Love, etc.
Rubinson, Gregory J. The Fiction of Rushdie, Barnes, Winterson, and Carter: Breaking Cultural and Literary Boundaries in the Work of Four Postmodernists. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2005. Examines how Barnes and three other important postmodern authors—Salman Rushdie, Jeanette Winterson, and Angela Carter—use literary devices to challenge culturally accepted ideas about such subjects as race and gender. Include index.
Stout, Mira. “Chameleon Novelist.” The New York Times Magazine, November 22, 1992. Offers a brief biographical sketch, covering Barnes’s childhood, his circle of friends, and his marriage to agent Patricia Kavanagh, and then discusses Barnes’s experiments with various narrative forms and his common themes of obsession, dislocation, death, art, and religion.