Trollope and His Contemporaries

TrollopeAndHisContemporaries is a listserv group where people are invited to discuss Trollope's work and that of his 19th century contemporaries. We define the period generously from 1800-post1918, and cover all countries. We began in 1995 on Elizabeth Thompson's listserv at Majordomo and were founded as a separate group which had a dual focus by Michael Powe in Fall 1997. Our banner heading is George Hicks's painting, The General Post Office, One Minute to Six"  (1860).

Donald Pleasence as Mr Harding from the BBC 1983 Barchester Chronicles.

Our schedule:

  • Right now Charlotte Bronte's Shirley, and last (a bout of Trollope's contemporaries) Tayeb Salih, Season of the Migration to the North
  • Trollope's North America (?) or would people prefer Trollope's John Caldigate (he emigrates to Australia for a while); perhaps Multatuli (Eduard Douwes Dekker)'s Havelar; or, the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company
  • Hugo's Les Miserables (we tried this many years ago but we now have Andrew Davies' film adaptation, David Bellos's book and new editions to help us through), not to omit an audiobook CD reading by David Case; Scott's Regauntlet; Disraeli's Coningsby; Gaskell's My Lady Ludlow and/or Life of Charlotte Bronte; Oliphant's The Ladies Lindores; any neo-Victorian historical novels; Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. For post-colonialist choices: Flora Annie Steel's The Face Upon the Waters;  EM Forster's Passage to India; George Orwell's Burmese Days ; JG Farrell's Seige of Krishnapur; ; Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart (I'm not sure this last is not too far from the 19th century.1958 -- but we could ....) We could fit in Tarchetti's Fosca, retitled Passion in a translation by Lawrence Venuti. Finally Julia Kavanaugh's Rachel Grey (brilliant Brontesque book, single volume Elibron)


Movies: 19th century books on and film adaptations and historical movies set in or about our very long 19th century, including but not limited to the film adaptations of any and historical novels and Victorian and neo-Victorian novels are  part of our terrain. We last watched as a group and singly different film adaptations of The Woman in White, Little Women and Andrew Davies's 2018 Les Miserables.

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