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of Moore’s works were adapted for the screen); the “material turn” in literary studies which places greater emphasis on unpublished writings and archival materials; the increasing emphasis on the importance of coteries and networks in the production of literary texts, rather than the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.

Thanks to the British Library, I've read quite a lot of interviews with Brian Moore, this is one where he opens up more than usual (for someone from Northern Ireland): "For most of us we're disappointed, disillusioned at a fairly early age" lies at the heart of all his novels. https://t.co/kpdF4Re2li

Thanks for sharing this,@MartinDoyleIT. No Other Life is one of the few Moore books I have still left to read. But BM was clearly interested in Haiti from early in his career - just read "Off the Track" (1961), rpt. in @turnpikebooks The Dear Departed. Really interesting story.

Martin Doyle@MartinDoyleIT

An interview with Brian Moore on the publication of No Other Life in 1993, ranging over religion, socialism, screenwriting versus novels, the big sea change in his writing, the North, love, death and, what the hell, the meaning of life.

In 1970 Brian Moore wrote that Northern Ireland was "incurably, terminally sick with foolish religious prejudice and thus completely incapable of managing our own affairs." 2021 is the centenary of his birth, new editions of these ever topical novels will be published in August. https://t.co/D1lFvbZwBf

This fresh spring day 80 years ago, the Belfast Blitz had not yet begun... Going through the typeset pages of my new novel, which begins on the night of 7th April, feels incredibly poignant this morning...


Brian Moore's Fergus


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