Thomas Moore: Texts, Contexts, Hypertext



 Thomas Moore: Texts, Contexts, Hypertext

Edited by Francesca Benatti, Sean Ryder and Justin Tonra

Oxford: Peter Lang

208 pp. | ISBN 978-3-0343-0900-4 | £36.00


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.

Contents: Emer Nolan: The Ghost of Thomas Moore – Úna Hunt: My Gentle Harp: The Genesis of the Irish Melodies – Emily Cullen: From the Minstrel Boy to the Blameless Bard: The Play of the Harp in the Irish Melodies – Timothy Keane: Thomas Moore’s Address to England – Robert Portsmouth: Thomas Moore, Whig Propaganda and the Demise of Conciliatory Emancipation – Emma