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‘An ado about Isabel Archer’: Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn (2009) and Kirsten Tranter’s The Legacy (2010)

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This chapter analyses two appropriations of The Portrait of a Lady, Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn (2009) and Kirsten Tranter’s The Legacy (2010). Layne uses the vocabulary suggested by Geordie Williamson, who interviewed both authors at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, to distinguish between Tranter’s appropriation of The Portrait’s ‘architecture’, and Tóibín’s inhabiting of its 'interior processes'. Tóibín’s stylistic innovations are explored in relation to James’s third-person-limited perspective, while a dialogue is also established between Tóibín and James’s thematic treatment of secrecy, sexuality and the international. Tranter’s text, conversely, is used to initiate a discussion of The Portrait as a mystery, as an appropriation of Middlemarch, and as the object of Jane Campion’s cinematic adaptation. Collective, these interventions contribute to a cumulative hypotext for future appropriation.

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