Our 2019 Winter Reception will feature a talk by Lauren M.E. Goodlad of Rutgers University on “Trollope, Serialization, Series.” The event is Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 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 fourth floor, Room 42. The reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., with the talk to start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per member/guest ($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.
Though Anthony Trollope’s Barsetshire novels are among British literature’s best-known novel series, the story of Trollope’s transformation into a series novelist has hardly been told. In fact, though serialization was a dominant form of publication in Trollope’s time, the repetition of characters and scenes from novel-to-novel was widely regarded as a worrisome sign of declining creativity. Trollope himself was so attentive to this prejudice that when he published Doctor Thorne (the third of the series), he hoped its Barsetshirean “locality might not be recognized.” Yet, by the time he published The Last Chronicle of Barset, critics were upholding the form of the series (or roman-fleuve) as “a birth of our time,” while upholding Trollope’s chronicles as “the best set of ‘sequels’ in [British] literature.” Goodlad takes up this Victorian and Trollopian phenomenon in part to discuss the prominence of series, serializations, and seriality–as well as of Trollope–in our own modern times.
Lauren M. E. Goodlad is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University as well as Associate Chair of the Department of English. A specialist in Victorian literature, the histories of liberalism and globalization, and of serial media (from the nineteenth-century to the present day), Goodlad is the author of books including The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic (Oxford UP, 2016) and the co-editor of Mad Men, Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style and the 1960s (Duke UP, 2007). Her work on Trollope can also be found in The Routledge Research Companion to Anthony Trollope and The Edinburgh Companion to Anthony Trollope.