Frances Trollope and the Novel of Social Change

Frances Trollope and the Novel of Social Change

by Brenda Ayres


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Victorian writer Frances Trollope has largely been relegated to a mere footnote in literary history as simply the mother of Anthony. Equally unfortunate is that, aside from her nonfiction work Domestic Manners of the Americans, her 34 novels have been out of print since the nineteenth century. She was, nonetheless, the most provocative female writer of the early Victorian period who used the novel to impel social change. She has been credited for writing the first anti-slavery novel that predates Uncle Tom's Cabin, along with a number of works that incited reform legislation regarding bastardy clauses, poor laws, and labor conditions.

Expert contributors examine her life and writings, her social activism, and the impact of her works. The book includes discussions of her influence on Anthony Trollope, the rivalry between Frances Trollope and Charles Dickens, her belief in the power of female friendship, her ambivalence toward the ability of women to effect social change, her thoughts on Evangelicalism, her views on women and aging, and her innovative contribution to early crime fiction. Contributors argue for the value of reprinting her novels and travel books and point to her enduring literary legacy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313317552
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/2001
Series: Contributions in Women's Studies Series , #192
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

BRENDA AYRES is Professor of English at Middle Georgia College. Her previous books include Dissenting Women in Dickens' Novels: The Subversion of Domestic Ideology (Greenwood, 1998).

Table of Contents


Apis Trollopiana: An Introduction To The Nearly Extinct Trollope by Brenda Ayres

The Life and Adventures of a Clever Woman by Pamela Neville-Sington

Mrs. Frances Trollope: Triumphant Female Friendship in the Nineteenth Century by Helen Heineman

Michael Armstrong: Rereading the Industrial Plot by Priti Joshi

"Fair, Fat, and Forty": Social Redress and Fanny Trollope's Literary Activism by Ann-Barbara Graff

A "Serious Epidemic": Frances Trollope and the Evangelical Movement by Douglas Murray

Marriageable at Midlife: The Remarrying Widows of Frances Trollope and Anthony Trollope by Kay Heath

Figuring Age and Race: Frances Trollope's Matronalia by Mary Wilson Carpenter

Putting Idiosyncrasy in Its Place: Michael Armstrong in Light of Trollope's Early Fiction by Constance Harsh

The Intriguing Case of Hargrave: A Tragi-Comdey of Manners by Linde Katritzky

Fanny Who? by Linda Abess Ellis

Frances Trollope's "Modern" Influence: Creating New Fictions, New Readers, a New World by Susan S. Kissell



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