“Does Trollope’s Psychology Follow Newton’s Laws?” is the title of our 2017 Winter Reception, to be delivered by Professor Benjamin Parker of Brown University. This year’s Winter Reception of the Society will be held on Monday, February 20, 2017, at St. Bartholomew’s Church, 109 East 50th Street (the rear/side entrance, between Park and Lexington Avenues), New York, NY. Enter at the red double doors and take the elevator to the third floor, Room 33. The reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., with the talk to start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per members and guests ($10 for students or faculty members). We look forward to seeing many of our members, who are welcome to bring guests to this event. Note: Purchasers will not receive a physical ticket to the event, however your name will be added to the attendee list.
Benjamin W. Parker is Assistant Professor of English at Brown University, where he works on the history and theory of the novel, and particularly on the relation between narrative and ideological closure in the nineteenth-century novel. His current book project, The Awful Victorian Plot, is a study of how recognition scenes in the English novel become “reified” over the course of the nineteenth century: the self is increasingly mirrored back to the hero only in a misrecognized and “bad” economic form, as a thing. He has also published (or have forthcoming) articles on Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle in New Literary History and Novel: A Forum on Fiction. He has also written about film genres and psychoanalysis for Film Quarterly.