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Title: Vanquished Erin and the Minstrel Boy : Thomas Moore as a political commentator for Ireland
Author: Martin, Jennifer
Awarding Body: Ulster University
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2012
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The purpose of this thesis is to examine how Thomas Moore functioned as a political commentator for Ireland. Often Moore has not been taken seriously as a political writer, and his literary reputation in general suffered a downfall after his death. However, this study aims to re-evaluate Moore's place in the society, literature and political fora of his day. This project has added to knowledge in various ways. For example, an examination of the politicised aspects of Moore's writings is an underdeveloped area of Moore scholarship and yet it is an area of study that is vital to a proper understanding of Moore. Secondly, the thesis is closely examining many of Moore's works which have previously been given little, or no, attention, and yet carry an important political message and commentary about that time. This study has involved a close analysis of Moore's writings, from his earliest juvenile works right through to his final publications, including his poetry, prose and personal writings (incorporating his letters, journals, and memoirs). As well as this, the historical, political, literary, cultural and biographical context of Moore and his time is alluded to in order to illuminate Moore's political commentating in his writings. This thesis has taken an interdisciplinary approach incorporating within the study aspects of history, politics and Irish studies, as well as being grounded within the discipline of English. This project has also evaluated the many critical responses which Moore and his writings have received regarding his politics. The study provides much evidence that Moore can be considered as a political commentator for Ireland and that his own writings testify to this. The thesis concludes by carrying out an evaluation of Moore as a political commentator, and examining his political influence.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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