The role of community, network and sentiment in shaping the reputations of Thomas Moore: Poetry, Music and Politics

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Abstract

This opening essay considers the different kinds of agency that helped construct Moore’s reputations in the evolving nineteenth-century marketplace. His reputation fared well in a century (the nineteenth) which saw his publishers respond to an expansion of the reading public, as well as to changes in the consumption and performance of music. Moore’s expert cultivation of sentimental response in his Irish Melodies and in the songs for Lalla Rookh serves as case studies to demonstrate the breadth of appeal that his writing holds. As subsequent essays in this volume will reveal, Moore’s diverse reputations are forged in large part by the agendas of political or cultural networks in locations as far-flung as America, England, Germany, Greece, India, and Ireland; he also appealed to communities of readers in America, English-speaking Canada, and across the Hispanic world. By the beginning of the twentieth century, however, Moore is accessed by his readers increasingly through his representation in anthologies, where the tastes and agendas of individual editors dictate his posthumous reputations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Reputations of Thomas Moore
Subtitle of host publicationPoetry, Music and Politics
EditorsSarah McCleave, Triona O'Hanlon
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter1
Pages1-22
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780367353407
ISBN (Print)9780367353391
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 08 Aug 2019

Publication series

NamePoetry and Song in the Age of Revolution
PublisherRoutledge

Keywords

  • Literature > Literary Criticism and TheoryLiterature > Literary History and ReferenceLiterature > 18th Century and 19th Century Literature
  • music -- 19th century
  • political history
  • Network analysis
  • poetry -- 19th century

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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