34th AGM Annual Lecture
The 34th AGM and Annual Lecture took place in the magnificent surroundings of The Strangers’ Room at The Reform Club on Thursday 21st October 2021.
The 34th Annual Trollope Society Lecture – ‘Clean and Dirty Trollopes’
J. Hillis Miller has praised Trollope for his ‘simple and eloquent style’ and ‘purity of language’. In 1856, by contrast, the publisher’s reader for Barchester Towers felt that its ‘vulgarity and exaggeration’ were ‘likely to be repulsive to the viewer’.
Who is more right? How clean (or indeed, dirty) a writer is Trollope?
The 34th Annual Lecture was given by Professor John Bowen on the subject of ‘Clean and Dirty Trollopes’. John Bowen is Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of York, a past President of the Dickens Fellowship, and a Fellow of the English Association. He has written widely on nineteenth-century fiction and is the editor of Trollope’s Phineas Redux and Barchester Towers published by Oxford World’s Classics.
Anthony Trollope was a member of The Reform Club, which features in several of his novels. The Strangers’ Room is a replica of the dining room in the House of Commons and is so named because, originally, it was the only room where members could entertain guests.
Unfortunately we experienced some technical problems with the Zoom recording. For the first ten minutes of the lecture the sound was faulty. Professor Bowen has kindly re-recorded the first ten minutes of his talk.
Photographs of the speakers and guests at the 34th AGM & Annual Lecture
Photography by James Basire. All rights reserved.