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George Moore’s Paris and his Ongoing French Connections


Michel Brunet, Fabienne Gaspari and Mary Pierse

The formative influences of Paris and France on the Anglo-Irish writer George Moore (1852–1933) cannot be underestimated. While the years Moore spent in Paris in the 1870s were seminal for his artistic awakening and development, the associations and friendships he formed in French literary and artistic circles exerted an enduring influence on his creative career. Moore maintained close ties with France throughout his life and his numerous contacts extended to social, musical and cultural spheres. He introduced the Impressionists to a British audience and his importation of French literary innovation into the English novel was remarkable.
Exploring Moore’s early years in Paris and his ongoing engagement with the experimental modernity of his French models, these essays offer new insights into this cosmopolitan writer’s work. Moore emerges as a turn-of-the-century European artist whose eclectic writings reflect the complex evolution of literature from Naturalism to Modernism through Symbolism and Decadence.
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MICHEL BRUNET is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis, France. A graduate of the Universities of Paris and Lille, he wrote his doctoral thesis on William Trevor’s short stories. His main areas of research lie in Irish literature, with a particular focus on Anglo-Irish writing. He also has a strong interest in Irish minorities and issues related to identity. He has published widely on George Moore and on contemporary Irish fiction.

ISABELLE ENAUD-LECHIEN is a senior lecturer at the University Charles-de-Gaulle Nord de France, where she teaches Art History. Author of Edgar Degas, Un regard sur la vie moderne (2012), she has also published on James McNeill Whistler, J. M. W. Turner and Edward Burne-Jones. She is co-editor with Joëlle Prungnaud of Postérité de John Ruskin: l’héritage ruskinien dans les textes littéraires et les écrits esthétiques (2011). Her current research concerns links between Victorian painting and the nineteenth-century French avant-garde.

BRENDAN FLEMING is a lecturer in English and an honorary Senior Research Fellow in Humanities at the University of Buckingham where he teaches courses on modernism, fiction and theory and modern American literature. He has published extensively on George Moore and is currently researching Moore’s involvement with the Irish language movement and the Irish Literary Revival.

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