In his biography of William Makepeace Thackeray, Anthony Trollope posits the ideal of a man without style: 'I hold that gentleman to be the best dressed whose dress no one observes. I am not sure but that the same may be said of an author's written language'. Trollope's own appearance, unlike his written language, did not pass without observation, however. A contemporary poet recollects that he was 'hirsute and taurine of aspect'. This study unravels this paradox. It disentangles the many threads in Trollope's ostensibly transparent writing and reassembles the political and intellectual fabric that they weave, thus showing how Trollope's language exceeds and questions the concepts provided by contemporary ideologies.
Frederik Van Dam is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He has published in the fields of Victorian literature and intellectual history, and is one of the principal organizers of the 2015 Trollope Bicentennial Conference. His work has been supported by fellowships and travel grants funded by the Research Council Flanders (FWO) and the Special Research Fund KU Leuven (BOF). He has also received awards from the Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education and the British Association for Victorian Studies. He has published in the Journal of Victorian Culture (2014) and Victoriographies (2011). This is his first book.
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