The Annual Reception of the Society was held the Grolier Club on February 21st, 2013.
Speaking was Professor Nicholas Birns of The New School. His topic was “La Vendée: Trollope’s Early Novel of Counterrevolution and Reform.”
“Counterrevolutionary” as a term emerged in the wake of the French Revolution to denote not just those opposed to radical social change but who positively abhorred it and manifested a palpable opposite agenda. Professor Birns argued that Anthony Trollope, though at first counterrevolutionary in his perspective on social change, became more reformist in his views in the course of his career, and that Trollope’s deployment of region and place can be seen as an index of this change.
Download the text of Professor Birn’s talk: “La Vendée, Trollope’s Early Novel of Counterrevolution and Reform.” (PDF).