2015 Trollope Prize Winner
Congratulations to Sarah Faulkner, a graduate student at the University of Washington, who is the winner of the 2015 Trollope Prize graduate competition. Faulkner will receive a $2000 honorarium for her winning essay, “The Temporality of Realism and Romance in He Knew He Was Right.” In addition, her essay will be published by The Fortnightly Review, which also provides an additional monetary reward.
According to the judges, they “welcomed Faulkner’s close attention to a novel by Trollope that is beginning to receive more critical attention. In concentrating on the various subplots of the intricately structured He Knew He Was Right (1869), Faulkner investigates how Trollope’s realism operates in temporal juxtaposition to other genres, particularly that of romance. Trollope locates romance in temporally marginal spaces of the narrative (the past or the future) in order to solidify the present realism of the novel.” The judges — Elsie B. Michie, Professor and Chair of the
English Department at Louisiana State University; Ann Wierda Rowland, Associate Professor of English at the University of Kansas; and Tamara S. Wagner, Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore — commended the fluency, clarity and analytical rigor of Faulkner’s writing. There was no undergraduate prize awarded this year. The Trollope Prize is administered by the University of Kansas.