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• First Trollope Prize-winning essays announced.

[From the official announcement release] – WE ARE PLEASED TO  announce the winners of the 2011 Trollope Prize in its inaugural year at the University of Kansas.

The winner of the graduate competition is “The Intensive and Extensive Worlds of Anthony Trollope’s Framley Parsonage,” written by Lucy Sheehan, a graduate student at Columbia University. Sheehan will receive a $2000 honorarium as well as a hardback copy of one of Trollope’s novels. In addition, her essay will be published by The Fortnightly Review, which has also provided an additional monetary reward. The judges noted that Sheehan’s essay successfully “enters the current critical conversation about the nature and effects of space and place in Victorian literary texts, especially how portrayals of space represent or embody ethical positions,” and praised it as a “well-researched, readable, and insightful” text.

Special commendation in the graduate competition goes to “Trollope and the Hunt for West Country Identity,” written by Heather Miner, a graduate student at Rice University.

The winner of the undergraduate competition is “‘More awful in his silence’: Speech and Male Power in Can You Forgive Her?” written by Katie Blankenau of the University of Kansas. Blankenau will receive a $1000 honorarium as well as a hardback copy of one of Trollope’s novels. Her adviser is Ann Wierda Rowland. The judges called Blankenau’s essay “exceptionally well-written and polished,” suggesting that it read “more like a graduate student or faculty article than an undergraduate paper.”

The runner-up in this year’s undergraduate competition is “‘The Chase of Chaldicotes is to vanish from the earth’s surface’: Loss of the Pastoral in Trollope’s Chronicles of Barsetshire,” written by Alyssa Parker of the College of William & Mary. Parker’s adviser is Deborah Denenholz Morse.

The judging for this year’s competition was conducted by Dorice Williams Elliott, Associate Professor of English at the University of Kansas; Andrew H. Miller, Professor of English and Director of the Victorian Studies Program at Indiana University Bloomington and co-editor of Victorian Studies; and Helena Michie, Professor of English and Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor in Humanities at Rice University. All entries in the competition were read and judged anonymously with respect to both the entrants’ names and their institutional affiliations.

The Trollope Prize is administered by the English department at the University of Kansas, with support from the Hall Center for the Humanities. It is awarded annually to the best undergraduate and graduate essays in English on the works of Anthony Trollope. The Prize was established to focus attention on Trollope’s work and career; though he is one of the most important writers in the Victorian period and in the history of the novel, his novels are often overlooked today. The Prize is designed to help promote the study of Trollope in college classrooms and to encourage student engagement with both Trollope’s work and Victorian literary history through their own intensive research and writing.

The deadline for the coming year’s competition is June 1, 2012.  For more on the Trollope Prize, visit us online at

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