Skip to main content
×
×
Home

SINCERITY AND REFLEXIVE SATIRE IN ANTHONY TROLLOPE’S THE STRUGGLES OF BROWN, JONES AND ROBINSON

  • Matthew Titolo (a1)
Extract

Despite the recent revival of interest in the works of Anthony Trollope, his short novel The Struggles of Brown, Jones and Robinson has largely escaped serious attention. Trollope called the book a “satire on the ways of trade,” (Autobiography 106) and serialized it in Cornhill Magazine, 1861–62. The novel turned out to be a critical and commercial failure, perhaps because it marked a dramatic departure from the familiar social comedy of Barsetshire novels. Contemporary reviewers called it “coarse,” “odiously vulgar,” and “unmitigated rubbish.” Later readers were no more generous. C. P. Snow judged SBJR “one of the least funny books ever written” and thought Trollope had “perpetrated idiocy. . .” by writing it (95–96).

Copyright
References
Hide All
Anderson, Amanda. “Trollope's Modernity.” English Literary History 74.3 (2007): 509–34.
Anderson, Amanda. The Way We Argue Now. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2006.
Bourdieu, Pierre. The Field of Cultural Production. New York: Columbia UP, 1993.
Carlyle, Thomas. Past and Present. New York: New York UP, 1977.
Frankfurt, Harry G.On Bullshit. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2005.
Jones, Anna Maria. Problem Novels: Victorian Fiction Theorizes the Sensational Self. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2007.
Letwin, Shirley Robin. The Gentleman in Trollope. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1982.
Kendrick, Walter. The Novel-Machine: The Theory and Fiction of Anthony Trollope. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins UP, 1980.
Kincaid, James. The Novels of Anthony Trollope. Oxford: Clarendon P, 1977.
Kucich, John. “Transgression in Trollope: Dishonesty and the Antibourgeois Elite.” English Literary History 56.3 (1989): 593618.
Miller, Andrew. Novels Behind Glass: Commodity Culture and Victorian Narrative. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1995.
Polhemus, Robert M.The Changing World of Anthony Trollope. Berkeley: U of California P, 1968.
Reed, John R.Victorian Conventions. Athens: Ohio UP, 1975.
Slakey, Roger. “Trollope's Case for Moral Imperative.” Nineteenth Century Fiction 28.3 (1973): 305–20.
Smalley, Anthony, ed. The Critical Heritage. London: Routledge, 1969.
Snow, C. P.Trollope: His Life and Art. New York: Scribner, 1977.
Taylor, Charles. Sources of the Self. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1989.
Trilling, Lionel. Sincerity and Authenticity. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1971.
Trollope, Anthony. An Autobiography. New York: Penguin Classics, 1996.
Trollope, Anthony. Doctor Thorne. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1991.
Trollope, Anthony. The New Zealander. Hall, N. John, ed. London: Oxford UP, 1972.
Trollope, Anthony. The Struggles of Brown, Jones and Robinson. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1992.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Victorian Literature and Culture
  • ISSN: 1060-1503
  • EISSN: 1470-1553
  • URL: /core/journals/victorian-literature-and-culture
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×