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The Politics of Gender in Anthony Trollope's Novels

New Readings for the Twenty-First Century, 1st Edition

By Deborah Denenholz Morse

Edited by Margaret Markwick


274 pages

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Bringing together established critics and exciting new voices, The Politics of Gender in Anthony Trollope's Novels offers original readings of Trollope that recognize and repay his importance as source material for scholars working in diverse fields of literary and cultural studies. As the editors observe in their provocative introduction, Trollope more than any of his contemporaries is studied by scholars from disciplines outside literary studies. The contributors here draw together work from economics, colonialism and ethnicity, gender studies, new historicism, liberalism, legal studies, and politics that convincingly argues for the eminence of Trollope's writings as a vehicle for the theoretical explorations of Victorian culture that currently predominate. The essays variously examine imperial and postcolonial themes in the context of economic, cultural, aesthetic, and demographic influences; show how gender-sensitive readings expose Trollope's critique of capitalism's influence; address Trollope and sexuality in the context of queer studies, the law, archetypal constructions, and classical feminism; and offer new approaches to narrative theory through examination of Victorian understandings of male and female psychology. Regenia Gagnier's concluding chapter revisits the collection's critical strands and reflects on the implications for future studies of Trollope.


'This is an important collection that makes a valuable contribution to scholarship on Anthony Trollope, on gender issues, and on fiction generally. One of the most striking features of this wonderful and admirably organized volume is its unpredictability, as it departs from expected arguments and even from expected subjects. Would that all essay collections were this fine.' James R. Kincaid, University of Southern California, USA ’Fine examples of contemporary scholarship…this collection makes one want to read Trollope’s novels anew…Highly recommended.’ Choice ’This is a fine collection of essays on Trollope "for the Twenty-First Century." It should not only enlighten students of Trollope but also interest students of gender theory and of the Victorian novel. Anyone reading it cannot but deduce that Trollope studies flourish in the new century.’ New Books on Literature '… [an] important contribution to Victorian studies…' Victorian Studies 'This is an attractive volume, enlivened with illustrations from Trollope’s novels and other sources. The readings are fresh and imaginative.' European Legacy

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Margaret Markwick and Deborah Denenholz Morse; Part1 Sex, Power and Subversion: (A)genda trouble and the Lot complex: older men-younger women relationships in Trollope, Robert M. Polhemus; He Knew He was Right: the sensational tyranny of the sexual contract and the problem of liberal progress, Kathy Alexis Psomiades; Bastards to the time: legitimacy as legal fiction in Trollope's novels of the 1870s, Jenny Bourne Taylor; Out of the closet: homoerotics in Trollope's novels, Margaret Markwick. Part 2 Imperial Gender: 'Some girls who come from the tropics': gender, race, and imperialism in Anthony Trollope's He Knew He Was Right, Deborah Denenholz Morse; Anthony Trollope's The Eustace Diamonds and 'the great Parliamentary bore', Lauren M.E. Goodlad; 'Two identities': gender, ethnicity and Phineas Finn, Mary Jean Corbett; The rough and the beautiful in 'Catherine Carmichael': class and gender in Trollope's colonial aesthetic, Helen Lucy Blythe. Part 3 Genderized Economics: Mister Trollope, Lady Credit and The Way We Live Now, Nathan K. Hensley; A woman of money: Miss Dunstable, Thomas Holloway, and Victorian commercial wealth, Elsie B. Michie; Otherwise occupied: masculine widows in Trollope's novels, Christopher S. Noble. Part 4 The Gender of Narrative Construction: Trollope at fuller length: Lord Silverbridge and the manuscript of The Duke's Children, Steven Amarnick', ; 'Depth of portraiture': what should distinguish a Victorian man from a Victorian woman?, David Skilton; The weight of religion and history: women dying of virtue in Trollope's later short fiction, Anca Vlasopolos; Conclusion: Gender, liberalism and resentment, Regenia Gagnier; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author/Editor

Margaret Markwick is an Honorary Fellow in the School of English at the University of Exeter, UK; Deborah Denenholz Morse is Professor of English at the College of William and Mary, USA; and Regenia Gagnier is Professor of English, director of the Centre for Victorian Studies, Director of the Migrations Research Network, and Senior Fellow at the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (Egenis) at the University of Exeter, UK

About the Series

The Nineteenth Century Series

The Nineteenth Century Series

The Nineteenth Century Series aims to develop and promote new approaches and fresh directions in scholarship and criticism on nineteenth-century literature and culture. The series encourages work which erodes the traditional boundary between Romantic and Victorian studies and welcomes interdisciplinary approaches to the literary, religious, scientific and visual cultures of the period. While British literature and culture are the core subject matter of monographs and collections in the series,  the editors encourage proposals which explore the wider, international contexts of nineteenth-century literature – transatlantic, European and global.  Print culture, including studies in the newspaper and periodical press, book history, life writing and gender studies are particular strengths of this established series as are high quality single author studies.  The series also embraces research in the field of digital humanities. The editors invite proposals from both younger and established scholars in all areas of nineteenth-century literary studies. 

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