Andrew Lallier, a Ph.D. candidate in English Literature, has won the 2013 Trollope Prize. Previously based at Harvard University, the Prize is now run by the Department of English at the University of Kansas.
The Trollope Prize is awarded annually to the best graduate essay on the works of Anthony Trollope, one of the most important writers in the Victorian period and in the history of the novel. Submissions for the prize are accepted from around the world. Lallier will receive a $2,000 honorarium. In addition, his essay will be published by The Fortnightly Review, which has also provided an additional monetary reward.
Lallier’s essay, entitled “Battles over bits and diamonds: sanction, pragmatic pursuit and civil society in Trollope’s The Eustace Diamonds,” was praised by the judges as 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.
Lallier, a specialist in nineteenth-century British literature, has also published two articles on the Victorian novelist George Eliot in peer-reviewed journals.