F408 Spring 2019 Trollope’s Can You Forgive Her? Or Palliser 1
Wednesdays, 11:50–1:15, Mar. 27–May 15
Class limit: 35
Instructor: Ellen Moody
In this course we will begin a journey through Trollope’s famous roman fleuve: the six Palliser novels over six spring/fall terms. The series mirrors and delves into many levels of society and central issues of life in 19th-century Europe. It contains a cast of brilliantly conceived recurring characters in a realistic, thoroughly imagined landscape. Can You Forgive Her? initiates central linked themes of coerced marriage, class, and parliamentary politics, and contains extraordinary psychological portraiture. As we review the books, we'll watch segments of the 1970s film adaptation dramatizing this material in original modern ways.
Ellen Moody holds a PhD in English literature and taught in colleges for more than 30 years. She has published more on Trollope than any other topic: one book, four essays on his fiction, two essays on the film adaptations, and many reviews. Online she leads a Trollope reading group, blogs about Trollope, and maintains a website with much information and many postings from group reads and discussions online about his work.