Bury, Laurent Books

About the author: Laurent Bury, a former pupil of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, is a Senior Lecturer at the University Paris IV – Sorbonne. He has published several papers on Dickens, Trollope, Wilkie Collins and Victorian art.

Seductive Strategies in the Novels of Anthony Trollope (1815-1882)
2004 0-7734-6361-5
This book explores the notion of seduction in all of Anthony Trollope’s 47 novels, beginning with a preliminary sturdy of seductresses in Barchester Towers, The Eustace Diamonds and The American Senator. The first part deals with the various weapons and strategies which Trollopian characters resort to in order to fascinate their victims. A chapter is then devoted to the demonic/angelic nature of sexual seduction, before “social seduction” is examined in the world of politics and business. One of the most powerful means of seduction thus appears to be language (canvassing, advertising, etc), which also applies to the novelist himself. Starting from the writer’s early attempts, the author tries to determine the main characteristics of Trollope’s seductive pose. Once he managed to conquer the common reader, Trollope refused to indulge his taste of his contemporaries and went as far as to offend his Victorian audience with deliberately unpleasant books: The Way We Live Now and An Autobiography.