Wednesdays, 9:40–11:05, Apr. 11–May 16
Instructor: Ellen Moody
Class limit: 35
In this course we will read one of Trollope’s most powerful long novels, He Knew He Was Right, a candid and contemporary analysis of sex and marriage, as well as of custody and women’s rights. The novel depicts seven couples, with themes that explore sexual anxiety over adultery, male possessiveness, and companionate marriage as an ideal or veiled business transaction. Issues such as child custody, alimony and separation disputes, and insanity will also be addressed. It contains tragedy, farce, comedy, and romance, and has been brilliantly adapted in a BBC miniseries scripted by Andrew Davies. We’ll also read Trollope’s short story “Journey to Panama,” about a woman sailing to marry a man she’s never met, and the relationship she forms on board with a single male tourist traveler.
Ellen Moody has a PhD in English literature and was a lecturer in senior colleges for over 30 years. She has written two books, including Trollope on the ‘Net, as well as essays on early modern through 20th century literature. As an independent scholar, she maintains three blogs and a website, attends conferences where she regularly presents papers, and joins in with others in reading and discussing books and movies.