George Moore’s Paris and his ongoing French Connections


International Conference

“George Moore’s Paris and his ongoing French Connections”

at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

46 October, 2013


The formative influences of Paris and France on George Moore (1852-1933), Mayo landlord and literary innovator, cannot be under-estimated. While the years George 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. Arguably, French inspiration from the Théâtre Libre underpinned his theatrical endeavours in London and then in Dublin. Equally, French example may well underlie his novel use of interior monologue (particularly in The Lake) and his choice of biblical material (especially in The Brook Kerith and The Passing of the Essenes).

Keynote Speakers : Prof. Adrian Frazier (NUI Galway), Dr. Pierre Joannon (Honorary Consul of Ireland in France)


For the 6th International George Moore Conference at the former Irish College, proposals are invited for papers that examine Moore’s Parisian and French connections. Possible themes include:

Literary links to writers like Mallarmé, Proust, Zola, Dujardin, Huysmans, de Goncourt, Balzac, Maupassant, Flaubert and Gautier;

Artistic contacts with Manet, Monet, Morisot, Degas, Jacques-Émile Blanche and others;

Association with Debussy, Holmès, Bizet, and the music of fin-de-siècle Paris;

Moore and Modernity: diffuser of culture; promoter of Modernism;

History, legend and memory: Ireland viewed from France (in Parnell and His Island); Héloïse and Abélard; Moore’s treatment of memory (from Confessions of a Young Man to Memoirs of My Dead Life);

Moore at large: café culture; French cuisine; Parisian women and their salons; in French press;

Moore on stage and screen: Simone Benmussa’s 1972 stage adaptation of “Albert Nobbs” and the subsequent film adaptation, Albert Nobbs (2011), by Rodrigo Garcia


Proposals (200 words) for 20-minute papers should be sent as a Word attachment to:

Dr. Michel Brunet:

Pr. Fabienne Dabrigeon-Garcier:

Dr. Mary Pierse:;  

before: 30 April 2013

Submissions should include institutional affiliation and contact information.


Advisory Board: Michel Brunet (U. Valenciennes), Fabienne Dabrigeon-Garcier (U. Lille 3), Fabienne Gaspari (U. Pau), Christine Huguet (U. Lille 3), Mary Pierse (UCC, Cork)


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