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The Edinburgh Companion to Anthony Trollope

Edited by Frederik Van Dam, David Skilton, Ortwin de Graef

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Explores the many ways in which Anthony Trollope is being read in the twenty-first century

Since the turn of the century, the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope has become a central figure in the critical understanding of Victorian literature. By bringing together leading Victorianists with a wide range of interests, this innovative collection of essays involves the reader in new approaches to Trollope’s work. The contributors to this volume highlight dimensions that have hitherto received only scant attention and in doing so they aim to draw on the aesthetic capabilities of Trollope’s twenty-first-century readers. Instead of reading Trollope’s novels as manifestations of social theory, they aim to foster an engagement with a far more broadly theorised literary culture.

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Introduction, Frederik Van Dam, David Skilton, and Ortwin de Graef
Part I: Style
1. Almost Trollope, Claire Jarvis
2. He Had Taught Himself to Think: Anthony Trollope on Self-Control in Knowledge and Belief, Patrick Fessenbecker
3. Trollope’s Superficialities: The Deflected Intimacies of Clothing, Touch and Free Indirect StyleSophie Gilmartin
4. ‘Rubbish and Paste’: Reading and Recurrence in An Old Man’s Love, Helen Blythe
5. Reading An Autobiography as Advice Literature, David Skilton
6. Trollope, Series, Seriality, Lauren M. E. Goodlad
Part II: Circulation
7. A Christmas Cavil: Trollope Re-Writes Dickens in the Outback, Steven Amarnick
8. Creation as Criticism: Anthony Trollope, Anthony Powell and Elizabeth Bishop, John Bowen
9. The Way We Counterlive Now: Trollope’s Fictional Heritage, Luca Caddia
10. Trollope in China: Trollope’s Transculturation from the Late Qing Dynasty to the Present, Xiaolan Zuo
11. Trollope and Russia, Boris Proskurnin
12. Reading Trollope in New Zealand, Lydia Wevers
Part III: Media Networks
13. Realism v. Realpolitik: Trollope and the Parliamentary Career Manqué, Helen Small
14. In-Between Times: Trollope’s Ordinal Numbers, Clare Pettitt
15. Mimesis, Media Archaeology, and the Postage Stamp in John Caldigate, Richard Menke
16. Trollope’s Living Media: Fox-Hunts and Marriage Plots, Tamara Ketabgian
17. Lane-ism: Anthony Trollope’s Irish Roads in Time and Space, Claire Connolly
18. Imperial Logistics: Trollope and the Question of Central America, Robert Aguirre
Part IV: Economics
19. High Interest and Impaired Security: Trollope’s Women Investors, Nancy Henry
20. The Way We Live Now and the Meaning of Montagu Square, Francis O’Gorman
21. ‘Ceade mille faltha’: Questions of Hospitality in the Irish Trollope, John McCourt
22. Power in Numbers: Fetishes and Facts Between Trollope and Law, Anat Rosenberg
23. Shoddy Trollope, Kate Flint

About the Author

Frederik Van Dam is Assistant Professor of European Literature at Radboud University Nijmegen. He is the author of Anthony Trollope’s Late Style: Victorian Liberalism and Literary Form (EUP, 2016) and has recently edited a special issue on literature and economics in the European Journal of English Studies (2017). He is currently working on a literary history of diplomacy from the Congress of Vienna up to the present.

David Skilton, who is Emeritus Professor in English at Cardiff University, was educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Copenhagen. He has written extensively on Victorian fiction and the Victorian literary system, and on the art and literature of London. As well as editing numerous nineteenth-century novels, he was General Editor of the Trollope Society edition of the collected novels of Anthony Trollope.

Ortwin de Graef is Professor of English Literature at the University of Leuven (Belgium) and director of the Paul Druwé Fund for Trollope Studies. He is the author of two books on Paul de Man and has published widely on Romantic and post-Romantic writing. His principal research interests are the Very-Long-Nineteenth-Century ideologies of sympathy, science, and the State reflected and refracted through the transmission technologies of the literary.


A wide-ranging collection of some of the best critics in English on Britain’s preeminent political novelist. I particularly appreciate the international dimension, Trollope in and on Asia, Australasia, Latin America and Russia.

- Regenia Gagnier,author ofLiteratures ofLiberalization:Global Circulation andtheLongNineteenthCentury

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