1st Edition

Thomas Moore and Romantic Inspiration
Poetry, Music, and Politics

ISBN 9781138281479
Published August 24, 2017 by Routledge
280 Pages - 22 B/W Illustrations

USD $155.00

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Book Description

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"

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