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Henry James in Contemporary Fiction

The Real Thing

Authors: Layne, Bethany

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    • First book-length consideration of the afterlife of James's life and texts in millennial literature
    • One of the first studies of the emergent genre of biofiction in relation to a single subject, and intervenes valuably in adaptation studies by considering literary appropriations rather than remediated texts
    • Contributes to adaptation studies' understanding of reader response, while also exploring the potential of appropriations to function as literary criticism by generating new perspectives on their source texts

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This book explores the extraordinary proliferation of novels based on Henry James’s life and works published between 2001 and 2016, the centenary of his death. Part One concentrates on biofictions about James by David Lodge and Colm Tóibín, and those written from the perspective of the key female figures in his life. Part Two explores appropriations of The Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw, and The Ambassadors. The book articulates the developments in biographical and adaptive writing that enabled millennial writers to engage so explicitly with James, locates the sources of his appeal, and explores the different forms of engagement taken. Layne analyses how these manifestations of James’s legacy might function differently for knowing versus unknowing readers, and how they might perform the role of literary criticism. Overarching themes include ideas of queering, the concern with seeking redress, and the frustrated quest for origin, authenticity, or ‘the real thing’.

About the authors

Dr Bethany Layne is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at De Montfort University, Leicester. She has published widely on biographical fiction, in journals including The Henry James Review, Woolf Studies Annual, and Adaptation. She pioneered the first specialist biofiction module in the UK, and is the editor of a collection of essays on the genre.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-31

    Layne, Bethany

  • The Year of Henry James: David Lodge’s Author, Author (2004) and Colm Tóibín’s The Master (2004)

    Pages 35-66

    Layne, Bethany

  • Three Women and His Art (Part One): Elizabeth Maguire’s The Open Door (2008), Emma Tennant’s Felony (2002) and Lynne Alexander’s The Sister (2012)

    Pages 67-101

    Layne, Bethany

  • Three Women and His Art (Part Two): Cynthia Ozick’s ‘Dictation’ (2008) and Michiel Heyns’s The Typewriter’s Tale (2005)

    Pages 103-128

    Layne, Bethany

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

    Pages 131-171

    Layne, Bethany

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Henry James in Contemporary Fiction
Book Subtitle
The Real Thing
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-31650-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-31650-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-31649-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 241
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