Kirsten Tranter

Kirsten Tranter

Wheeler 474
Mon & Wed 11- 12 and by appointment

Professional Statement

Kirsten Tranter is the author of two internationally published novels, The Legacy (2010) and A Common Loss (2012). She also publishes short fiction, reviews and literary criticism. She completed a PhD in English at Rutgers University in 2008, with a focus on Renaissance poetry and problems of figuration. In 2015 she holds  a New Work grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to write her third novel. Kirsten is also a recipient of an Emerging Writers Grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, and co-founder of the Stella Prize for Australian women’s writing. Critical interests include genre studies, contemporary literature, and feminism.



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The Legacy The Legacy
The Legacy (Atria, 2011) is a contemporary retelling of Henry James’ novel The Portrait of a Lady, set in Sydney and New York, which brings James’ story together with a mystery around a young woman’s disappearance on 9/11. The Legacy was a Kirkus Reviews Debut of the Year in 2010, and was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal, the Indy prize for debut fiction, and the ABIA literary fiction award, an....
A Common Loss A Common Loss
A Common Loss (Atria, 2012) takes its title from Tennyson’s elegy, “In Memoriam”, and focuses on a group of friends struggling to come to terms with the unexpected death of one of their members just prior to their annual reunion in Las Vegas. ....

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