About the Project

Designed to coincide with the centenary of his birth, this project seeks to critically appraise, and thus revive scholarly and public interest in, the work of neglected and important Belfast-born writer, Brian Moore (1921- 1999). The author of twenty-six novels in diverse genres and a transnational subject who lived most of his adult life in Canada and the U.S., Moore’s literary career invites re-examination in the context of the emergence of a number of scholarly trends in the two decades since his death: the rise and rise of migration and diaspora studies, particularly in an Irish Studies context; democratising trends that would now regard Moore’s “pulp” novels as an essential (rather than an anomalous) part of his oeuvre; adaptation studies (several of Moore’s works were adapted for the screen); the “material turn” in literary studies which places greater emphasis on unpublished writings and archival materials; the increasing emphasis on the importance of coteries and networks in the production of literary texts, rather than the individual “genius” of a given writer; the politics of prize-giving and the literary marketplace.

The Small Research Grant will be used to fund a collaborative programme of research, culminating in a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies devoted to Moore’s work. Public-facing events will take place in liaison with a number of Belfast-based partners. An international academic conference, from which will be drawn papers for the special issue on Moore, will take place in Belfast in 2021.

The project runs from 3 August 2020 to 2 August 2022 thanks to the award of a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant.

"If, as a society, it’s permissible to believe in saints and miracles, why not believe in talking apparitions or guardian angels with dirty minds?" @JanCarson7280 on @brianmoore100 in the new @HonestUlsterman https://t.co/Q5mWCgTS5Y

If you wanted to catch up with last month's read, 'The Feast of Lupercal' (1958), @Heaven_ali wrote about it here: https://t.co/3Imm8T6QVl and
@cathy746books reviewed it here: https://t.co/1drf2hApxh #IrishStudies #amreading

Happy 1st March! This month's Brian Moore read is 'Fergus' (1970). Will you be joining in with us and @cathy746books for our Read-along? #BrianMoore #amreading #IrishStudies 📚

The Feast of Lupercal by Brian Moore for #BrianMoore100 https://t.co/na8DIkUeWb on @bloglovin

I will read the heck out of anything about Brian Moore, but especially written by @JanCarson7280. I think Moore's treatment of religious themes is unparalleled in Irish literature and would love to have the time to write about it someday https://t.co/xmOPQlODSf

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