F407 Fall 2019 Anthony Trollope’s Phineas Finn, the Irish Member (Palliser 2)
Wednesdays, 11:50–1:15, Sept. 25–Nov. 13
Instructor: Ellen Moody
The journey through Trollope’s six Palliser novels continues with this course. The second Palliser differs from the first by making central stories about how politics works from inside parliamentary circles to outside in society and elsewhere. Phineas Finn dramatizes fights over crucial transformations in law and electorate politics that occurred in the mid-19th century United Kingdom. It also belongs to Trollope’s Anglo-Irish fiction because it adds to his brilliantly conceived recurring characters, introduces new characters from Ireland and Scotland, and depicts Ireland as a place. Trollope again examines sexual and marital conflicts and produces extraordinary psychological portraiture in socially complex situations. Clips from the segments of the 1970s film adaptation of this second book will be presented.
Ellen Moody holds a PhD in English literature and has taught in colleges for more than 30 years. She has published on Trollope film adaptations and 19th century literature.