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THE FORTNIGHTLY REVIEW is again partnering with the University of Kansas to publish the winner of the 2014 Trollope Prize essay competition. The graduate winner will receive a $2,000 award and a hardcover copy of a Trollope novel. The undergraduate prize is $1000. In addition to publishing the winning essays, The Fortnightly Review will also provide an additional modest honorarium to both the graduate and undergraduate winners.

2013 Announcement

The members of the Trollope Prize committee at the University of Kansas are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Trollope Prize.

The winner of the graduate competition is Andrew R. Lallier, a graduate student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for his essay entitled “Battles over bits and diamonds: sanction, pragmatic pursuit and civil society in Trollope’s The Eustace Diamonds.” Lallier will receive a $2000 honorarium. In addition, his essay will be published by The Fortnightly Review, which has also provided an additional monetary reward.

The judges of this year’s contest found the winning essay to be an ambitious and sophisticated reading of civil society, informed by nineteenth-century thinkers such as Hegel and Carlyle and applied with astute close reading to the novel. Commending Lallier for a masterful synthesis of recent work on the topic of Trollope and liberalism and for his original analysis of how Trollope’s formally experimental novel offers a window onto Victorian political discourse, the judges found the essay to offer insight not only into nineteenth-century civil society and law but also into the genre of realism as Trollope practiced it.

Honorable mention in the graduate competition goes to “Turning Mourning: Trollope’s Ambivalent Widows,” written by Kaelin B.C. Alexander, a graduate student at Cornell University.

The winning essay in the undergraduate competition is “Performative Realism: Anti-Romantic Theatrics in Anthony Trollope’s Framley Parsonage,” written by Emily Halliwell-MacDonald of the University of Toronto. Halliwell-MacDonald will receive a $1000 honorarium. Her essay will also be the first winning entry by an undergraduate to be published by The Fortnightly Review, which has provided an additional monetary reward. Halliwell-MacDonald’s essay was sponsored by Kai Hainer, who will receive a $500 award for her mentorship of this undergraduate student. The panel of judges commended Halliwell-MacDonald’s essay for its use of key concepts from performance theory to discuss the theatricality of Lucy’s anti-romantic self as well as Trollope’s creation of a narrator who is also a performed persona.

The judges also recognized Franziska Tsufim’s essay, “‘The Staircase Was Fairyland’: Anthony Trollope and the Culture of Advertising,” for an honorable mention in the undergraduate competition. Tsufim is a student at the University of Haifa. The essay was sponsored by Ayelet Ben-Yishai.

The judges 2013’s competition were Talia Schaffer, Professor of English at Queens College CUNY and the Graduate Center CUNY, Dorice Williams Elliott, Associate Professor of English at the University of Kansas, and Lauren M.E. Goodlad, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The winner of the graduate contest was decided by all three judges; Elliott and Goodlad judged the undergraduate competition. All entries in the competition were read and judged anonymously with respect to both the entrants’ names and their institutional affiliations.

The 2014 Competition.

Judges: Elsie B. Michie is Professor and Chair of the English Department at Louisiana State University. Her recent books include The Vulgar Question of Money: Heiresses Materialism, and the Novel of Manners from Jane Austen to Henry James (2011) and Frances Trollope‘s The Lottery of Marriage (2011). She has written about Anthony Trollope in one chapter of The Vulgar Question of Money which deals with heiresses in the Barsetshire and Palliser novels, an essay in Victorian Studies on Margaret Oliphant and Anthony Trollope, an essay in the Cambridge Companion to Anthony Trollope on “Vulgarity and Money,” an essay in the Henry James Review on Trollope and James, an essay in The Politics of Gender in Trollope‘s Novels: New Readings for the Twenty-First Century on Miss Dunstable, and an essay forthcoming in The Research Companion to Anthony Trollope on Frances and Anthony Trollope.

Tamara S. Wagner obtained her PhD from Cambridge University and is currently Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Her books include Financial Speculation in Victorian Fiction: Plotting Money and the Novel Genre, 1815-1901 (2010), Longing: Narratives of Nostalgia in the British Novel, 1740-1890 (2004), and several edited collections, including Victorian Settler Narratives (2011), and Domestic Fiction in Colonial Australia and New Zealand (2014). She has published on both Frances and Anthony Trollope, edited Frances Trollope’s The Barnabys in America, and contributed an essay on “Trollope and Emigration” to The Ashgate Research Companion to Anthony Trollope.

Ann Wierda Rowland, this year’s internal judge, is Associate Professor of English at the University of Kansas. Her work focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature. She is the author of Romanticism and Childhood: the Infantilization of British Literary Culture, as well as other articles on Romantic poetry and fiction.

The Prize is pleased to be continuing its partnership with The Fortnightly Review, which will publish both the winning graduate and undergraduate essays from the 2014 contest. Additionally, the Review will award a modest honorarium to both the graduate and undergraduate winners.

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.

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2014 deadline for entries to both the undergraduate and graduate essay contests is June 1, 2014. Also please note that recent PhD recipients may enter the graduate contest. More detailed information on the contest is available on the Trollope Prize website:

Previous winners:

2011: The Intensive and Extensive Worlds of Anthony Trollope’s Framley Parsonage by Lucy Sheehan, Columbia University.

2012: A Competitive World: Ambition and Self-Help in Trollope’s An Autobiography and The Three Clerks by Rebecca Richardson, Stanford University.

2013 (graduate competition): Battles over bits and diamonds: Sanction, pragmatic pursuit and civil society in Trollope’s The Eustace Diamonds by Andrew R. Lallier, University of Knoxville.

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