NYU Class on Palliser Novels
Margaret Boe Birns and Nicholas Birns are teaching a class in the School of Professional Studies at New York University on “Anthony Trollope: Exploring the Palliser Novels.” The Palliser novels are one of the most famous series of novels written by one of the most popular and important of English novelists, Anthony Trollope. Centering on the aristocratic politician Plantagenet Palliser and his redoubtable wife Lady Glencora, these “parliamentary” novels explore the corridors of power in mid-Victorian England—but of equal significance are the love triangles, mysterious intrigues, and intriguing mysteries. In this course, two alternating instructors will guide you through an examination of Trollope’s penetrating insights on political and social issues, as well as his investigation into psychological motivation, sexual politics, and the complicated desires of an amazing range of characters. Readings include Can You Forgive Her?, Phineas Finn, The Eustace Diamonds, Phineas Redux, The Prime Minister, and The Duke’s Children.
The class meets on Mondays at 1:00 PM – 2:40 PM every two or three weeks from September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016.