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The Victorians and Old Age$
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Karen Chase

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199564361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564361.001.0001

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Almshouse to Empire: What is ‘Enough’ for Old Age?

Almshouse to Empire: What is ‘Enough’ for Old Age?

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The Victorians and Old Age

Karen Chase (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Trollope's plots radically revise the protocols of narrative by exchanging the romance of courtship and marriage for the romance of cross-generational friendship. Close attention to charged diction in the works reveals a burgeoning generational accord which results in ‘good enough’ social relations at the same time that it exposes generational discord which in turn makes possible new perspectives on the place of age in imperialism and colonization. Many of the famous novels feature the pleasures of intergenerational contact, but his late satire The Fixed Period illuminates the inter-relatedness between the body, and the body politic. Finally, the chapter examines the Almshouse movement which produced a transitional place between the large institution and the domestic unit, and locates its importance in the fictions and in the culture which produced Trollope's vast and varied corpus.

Keywords:   Almshouses, fixity, colonization, imperialism, cross-generational friendship

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