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:

  • Jane Austen Season (Sanditon, Mansfield Park) I. U Tarchetti's Passion as translated by Lawrence Venuti [Italian title: Fosca, the source for the movie, and these the sources for Sondheim's Passion. 
  • Trollope's Small House at Allington, Forster's A Passage to India, Dickens's Bleak House, Eliot's Middlemarch
  • Ideas for future: Trollope's Orley Farm;  Disraeli's Coningsby; Oliphant's The Ladies Lindores; Thackeray? Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Bronte?
  • post-colonialist choices: Flora Annie Steel's The Face Upon the Waters; J. G. Farrell' Siege of Krishnapur; Lindsey Collen's Rape of Sita.  Women's 19th century novels: Julia Kavanaugh's Rachel Grey (Brontesque) 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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