Monthly Archives: February 2018

More Women in Victorian Literature

At least that is the headline. It appears that the number of women authors declined from a high in the Victorian era and, surprise, surprise, the amount of space devoted to females characters declined right along with it.

Research conducted by Ted Underwood, David Bamman and Sabrina Lee, published in the Journal of Cultural Analytics has examined these changes in an article entitled The Transformation of Gender in English Language Fiction.

The sample size seems large and, by inference, therefore, reliable, but it would be interesting to probe the methodology used in more detail. Given the analysis of the vast number of digitised texts has been conducted using computer algorithms, I am, perhaps facetiously, worried about the classification of works by authors such as George Eliot and Mrs Henry Wood. Did anybody give the computers a helpful hint?  

I would also be interested to see how Trollope fares when considered by these criteria, particularly in the light of the series of articles which I am researching and have been publishing over the past few months (with more to come).

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Terrence Rattigan Society Prize Play Gala Performance

I am thrilled to have been invited as a guest to the Gala Performance of the 2017 Terrence Rattigan Society Award winning new play The Onion at the End, which takes place tomorrow at the Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs. Written by Roy Kendall, who was presented with the prize last September, together with a cheque for £2,500, by Sir Julian Fellowes (who will be a name familiar to Trollopians in his capacity of Vice President of the Trollope Society and for his recent adaptation of Dr Thorne for television), the play takes its title from the term used by old time variety performers for the item close to the end of a show which was intended to bring a tear to the audience’s eye.

I look forward to what promises to be a genuinely moving theatrical  experience.

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London Seminar: Trollope’s Barchester Women

Trollope is widely praised for his sensitive and accurate portrayal on women and women’s dilemmas in his novels. Focussing on key female characters in Trollope’s Barchester novels the London Seminar Group of The Trollope Society will discuss the diversity of his portraits and the depth of understanding Trollope showed in handling his subjects. The seminar will be led by Mark Green.

The seminar is on Thursday 15th February at St Giles-in-the-Fields, 60 St Giles High St., London WC2H 8LG. It starts at 6.30 pm but come at 6.00 pm to enjoy a drink and chat before the seminar.

If you are planning to come to this seminar it would help with the catering if you could let Nicky Barnes know at:

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Following Arabella’s Footsteps

After her marriage to Mounser Green, Arabella Trefoil accompanied him on his new posting in the diplomatic service to Patagonia.

Trollope would doubtless be pleased to find that at the sothernmost tip of Patagonia, in the Tierra del Fuego National Park, the Argentinian Postal Service has built “The End of the World” post office, outside which stands proudly a bright red pillar box  in accordance with Anthony’s approved design.

Not sure if this little fellow, a Magellan Penguin, seen nearby, would be able to reach to post a letter.

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