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Thomas Moore

Texts, Contexts, Hypertext


Edited By Francesca Benatti, Sean Ryder and Justin Tonra

This collection traces new directions in the study of Thomas Moore (1779–1852) and examines the multiple facets of his complex identity, not only as the foremost Irish poet of his time, but also as a lyricist, satirist, polemicist, patriot and journalist. The range of contributors is interdisciplinary and international, and includes leading scholars of literature, music, history and digital humanities.
The essays collected here present a new assessment of Moore’s career and reflect on the future directions for Moore scholars enabled by digital resources and methodologies. They highlight Moore’s far-reaching influence on nineteenth-century European Romanticism, his formative participation in Whig political discourse and his central role in the construction of Irish identity from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries.


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List of Figures and Tables vii Notes on Contributors ix Francesca Benatti and Justin Tonra Introduction 1 Section 1 The Irish Melodies 9 Emer Nolan The Ghost of Thomas Moore 11 Úna Hunt ‘My Gentle Harp’: The Genesis of the Irish Melodies and an Introduction to the New Audio Archive 27 Emily Cullen From the Minstrel Boy to the Blameless Bard: The Play of the Harp as a Passive Trope and Icon in Moore’s Irish Melodies 45 Section 2 Captain Rock 59 Timothy Keane Thomas Moore’s Address to England: Memoirs of Captain Rock and the Irish Question 61 vi Robert Portsmouth Thomas Moore, Whig Propaganda and the Demise of Conciliatory Emancipation: 1810–1825 81 Section 3 Moore and Travel 99 Emma Rosalind Peacocke Travel Papers: Satire and Circulation in The Fudge Family in Paris 101 Donatella Abbate Badin Thomas Moore in Italy 117 Gabriella Imposti The Reception of Thomas Moore in Russia During the Romantic Age 135 Section 4 Old and New Media 151 K. C. O’Rourke Thomas Moore, John Stuart Mill, The Times and the Westminster Review 153 Francesca Benatti Joining the Press-Gang: Thomas Moore and the Edinburgh Review 167 Justin Tonra Googling Thomas Moore 187 Index 205

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