Written by internationally established scholars of Thomas Moore’s music, poetry, and prose writing, Thomas Moore and Romantic Inspiration is a collection of twelve essays and a timely response to significant new biographical, historiographical and editorial work on Moore. This collection reflects the rich variety of cutting-edge work being done on this significant and prolific figure. Sarah McCleave and Brian Caraher have contributed an introduction that positions Moore in his own time (1800-1850), addresses subsequent neglect in the twentieth century, and contextualises the contemporary re-evaluation of Thomas Moore as a figure of considerable interdisciplinary artistic and cultural significance. The contributions to this collection establish Moore’s importance in the fields of Neoclassical and Romantic lyricism, musical performance, song-writing, postcolonial criticism, Orientalism and biographical writing— as well as defining the significance of his voice as an engaged social and political commentator of a strongly cosmopolitan and pluralistic inclination.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
Brian G. Caraher & Sarah McCleave, "Moore and Romantic Inspiration Reassessed"
I. Moore’s Literary and Musical Inspirations
1. Harry White, "The Imagined Unities of Thomas Moore"
2. Jane Moore, "Amongst Women: Thomas Moore and Classical Inspiration"
3. Edward Larrissy, "Moore’s Romantic Neoclassicism"
4. Una Hunt, "Moore, Stevenson, Bishop and the Powers:
A Series of Complex Relationships"
II. Moore’s Melodies, Airs and Songs in Performative Contexts
5. Joanne Burns, "’Give them life by singing them about’:
Moore’s Musical Performances in the English Drawing-room"
6. Sheila Rooney, "Problematizing Primitivism:
Contesting Antiquarianism in Moore’s Irish Melodies"
7. Axel Klein, "’All her lovely companions are faded and gone’:
How "The Last Rose of Summer" Became Europe’s Favourite Irish Melody"
8. Mary-Louise O’Donnell, "’Those half creatures of Plato’: The Musical Inspiration behind Moore’s National Airs and Sacred Songs"
III. Moore’s Political Inspirations and Moore’s Poetry in Political Contexts
9. Jeffrey Vail, "Anacreon Moore and the Prince of Pleasure:
George IV as Satiric Inspiration"
10. Daniel Sanjiv Roberts, "Moore’s Oriental Artifice: Mughal History,
Irish Antiquarianism and Romance in Lalla Rookh"
11. Jennifer Martin, "The ‘dull lapse of hopeless slavery’: European & Irish Politics
in Moore’s Fables for the Holy Alliance, Rhymes on the Road, &c. &c. (1823)"
12. Robert W. Jones, "’Grief mingled with deep execrations’:
Thomas Moore and the Death of Richard Brinsley Sheridan"