Trollope’s and Wilde’s Depictions of Victorian Society

Through the scope of a satirical lens, both Anthony Trollope’s novel Barchester Towers and Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest take turns examining the carefully structured norms of courtship and marriage in Victorian England. Marital pursuits abound between many of their major characters, and the relations between men and women essentially evolve into … Read moreTrollope’s and Wilde’s Depictions of Victorian Society

Philosophies, Pretenses, and Styles of Satire in Barchester Towers and The Way of All Flesh

As Walter Wagoner wrote, “Satire is humor on an errand. It is wit used with a vengeance, rejecting the facades of the godly, insisting on reminding those within the Holy of Holies that their pretense is showing”. It is this “pretense” that is satirized and lampooned in both the novels Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope … Read morePhilosophies, Pretenses, and Styles of Satire in Barchester Towers and The Way of All Flesh