Course overview

Probably best known for the Barchester Chronicles and the Palliser novels, Trollope did, of course, write many stand-alone novels and this course will consider a selection of his other works. We will take one novel from each decade of his career and consider the development of his writing and get an understanding of the period during which he was producing his works. We will consider the social and political context of each decade starting with the 1840s working through to the 1880s. We will consider the changes and developments we see across this period, both in terms of wider social and political context and in Trollope’s writing.

Course description

The novels to be studied are from 1848, one of Trollope’s first Irish novels, The Kellys and the O’Kellys. This will be followed by an 1857 novel, The Three Clerks (said to be semi-autobiographical of Trollope’s years working in the Civil Service. From the 1860s we will consider the 1863 novel Rachel Ray which gives a somewhat negative portrayal of Low Church and Evangelical characters. From 1874 we will look at Lady Anna which explores issues of love and class and finally from 1882 we will look at Marion Fay which explores class, relationships and social mores. By looking at a range of stand-alone novels from across Trollope’s career we will be able to explore the writing beyond the more well-known novel series of Barchester and the Pallisers and perhaps get an even greater understanding of the writer and of the time in which he was writing. Many students wishing to join this course may well have copies of these novels but if not you may have to hunt around on various second-hand book sites online and in second-hand book shops. As well as the perhaps more obvious and well-known site selling second hand books the online site Wob seems to have all the novels listed above.

A prior knowledge of the work of Trollope will be an advantage but is by no means necessary and this course welcomes seasoned Trollopians and readers new to his fiction.

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