Category Archives: Trollope (Anthony)

Trollope & Trump’s Congressional Enablers

By continuing their support for Donald Trump, GOP leaders Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are choosing their party and their careers over country. In doing so, they resemble Anthony Trollope’s Sir Timothy Beeswax, Conservative leader in the Palliser novels..

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Trollope’s Melmotte Anticipates Trump

Anthony Trollope foreshadowed Donald Trump in the figure of Augustus Melmotte in “The Way We Live Now” (1875).

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Trollope & Trump’s Willing Enablers

Trollope describes gentry who enable to a scandalous financier in “The Way We Live Now.” Parallels can be drawn with those members of the GOP who are reconciling with Donald Trump.

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On the Death of a Controversial Judge

How long should one pause following the death of a public figure like Justice Antonin Scalia before considering the political implications? It’s an issue that also arises in Anthony Trollope’s “Barchester Towers.”

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Donne’s Lovers, Spooky at a Distance

Tuesday Adam Gopnik makes some nice literary allusions in a recent New Yorker essay-review of George Musser’s Spooky at a Distance, which is about the history of quantum entanglement theory. Entanglement, also known as non-locality and described by Einstein as “spooky at a distance,” claims that two particles of a single wave function can influence each other, even […]

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Trollope and Patriarchal Marriage

My portraying traditional Victorian marriages, Anthony Trollope exposes the pathologies that came with them.

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Trollope on Conservatives vs. Liberals

Anthony Trollope has wise things to say about the differences between conservatives and liberals in “Prime Minister.”

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The Virtues of a True Conservative

Anthony Trollope’s thoughtful critiques of progressives can lead to constructive dialogues between conservatives and progressives.

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Fox Would Appall Conservative Trollope

Conservative though he is, Anthony Trollope would be appalled at the arrogance of our rightwing media, given the way he goes after “The Jupiter” in “The Warden.”

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Biblical Paintings, Allowable Eroticism

Many famous Biblical paintings were thinly veiled excuses for eroticism. Trollope captures this in “The Last Chronicle of Barset.”

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Election Day as Trollope Describes it

Anthony Trollope wittily describes an election in “Doctor Thorne.”

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The Evil I Do Not Want Is What I Do

Spiritual Sunday  In today’s Episcopal service we encounter a passage from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans that I particularly like, in large part because it captures an internal conflict that we can all relate to. It also reminds me of a passage from Anthony Trollope’s The Last Chronicle of Barset (1867). First, here’s St. […]

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It’s Not Always More Blessed to Give

Trollope, Shaw, and Lawrence can be seen as wrestling with the merits of self sacrifice.

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Reveling in Isaac’s Self Sacrifice

Trollope uses the sacrifice of Isaac to parody Victorian narcissism.

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Trollope and a Family Road Trip

A Trollope novel shaped a family trip I took into the past.

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Principle or Expedience?

Trollopes “Last Chronicle of Barset” pits principle against expediency in a fascinating struggle.

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Unhinged Partisanship

Anthony Trollope shows us partisanship at its worst.

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No More Privacy–And We Don’t Care

We no longer fiercely guide our privacy, as did the worlds of Austen, Trollope, Thoreau, and Melville.

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Readers Hold the Key to a Book’s Meaning

Increasingly scholars are looking at what books do to us and what we do to books.

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Lit Sightings in Political Op-Eds

Pundits have recently been turning to literature to comment on the 2012 elections.

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Trollope, the Cure for What Ails Our Politics

David Brooks uses Anthony Trollope’s novel “Phineas Finn” to examine a very pressing issue, the tension between independence and service in our politicians.

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