New Book: Write My Name: Authorship in the Poetry of Thomas Moore By Justin Tonra. Routledge.

Write My Name: Authorship in the Poetry of Thomas Moore By Justin Tonra

Write My Name: Authorship in the Poetry of Thomas Moore is the first monograph devoted to Moore’s poetry. The focus of the book is on Moore’s poetry and differing formulations of authorship therein. Its scope comprises poetic publications from Moore’s early career, from his Romantic Orientalist writings, and from selected musical works, and political and satirical verse. It shares the strong historicist awareness of much previous scholarship on Moore, but combines this with a range of new and interdisciplinary contexts that are of increasing interest to scholarship in the twenty-first century, and which are rarely adopted as frameworks for viewing Moore’s work: digital humanities, book history, legal history, and textual theory. Ultimately, the book argues for the value of attending to neglected aspects of Moore’s work through analysis of his shifting modes of authorship and their various motivations.

Justin Tonra is Lecturer in English at the National University of Ireland Galway. His research interests are in the fields of digital humanities, book history, textual studies and bibliography, and at the intersections of literature and technology. He has previously held positions at University College London and the University of Virginia.


“What has been called ‘the Central Self’ organizes nearly all studies of Romantic authorship. The Thomas Moore we meet in this book shows how limited that view of Romantic writing and writers can be. Advancing a ‘model of opposition’ to that model, Tonra’s argument carries conviction because his book is itself a scholarly model for how to investigate the complex forcefield in which all literary works live and move and have their being.” Jerome McGann, University Professor & John Stuart Bryan Professor of English, University of Virginia.

“A dazzling study of the work of Thomas Moore, more than meeting the considerable challenges laid down by this most stylish of authors while also raising new questions for the field at large.” Claire Connolly, Professor of Modern English, University College Cork

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