Liverpool, 8th-10th May 2024
The Transitional: George Moore at the Fin de Siecle
This Liverpool conference will focus on the multiple transitions which coincided with, and characterised, Moore’s life and career. These include transitions between the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries; naturalism, realism and modernism; poetry, prose and drama; Catholicism and Protestantism, English and Irish identities; public and private morality. Transitions and related rivalries involved vigorous and often fruitful exchanges with numerous luminaries including Thomas Hardy, Arthur Symons, Max Beerbohm, Michael Field, Arnold Dolmetsch, the National Vigilance Association, Virginia Woolf, James McNeill Whistler, W. H. Smith & Mudie’s, George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats, and many other contemporaries in the artistic, journalistic, political and social scenes. Transition is also characteristic of the themes of Moore’s writing: between secular and religious; between male and female; between wealth and poverty; between constrained and liberated. Papers may include, but are not limited to, considerations of transitions of all types in relation to George Moore and to his contacts and contemporaries.
For George Moore, Liverpool was a place of transition. It was a point of arrival and departure for friends, acquaintances and publishers travelling between America and Europe. Most notably, this important location recalls a milestone in Moore family history: it was their landing point on a momentous 1846 journey that culminated in a victory for a horse called Coranna.
The final day of the conference will offer an opportunity to visit Chester racecourse where in 1846 George Moore’s father’s horse won the Chester Cup. This brought G. H. Moore £17,000, enabling him to offer relief to his tenants during the first year of the Famine, and settle his gambling debts. Our visit will coincide with the 2024 running of this famous race.
Professor Frank Shovlin
University of Liverpool, UK
Call for Papers
The deadline for submitting abstracts for papers (20 minutes) is Wednesday 20th December 2023.
Abstracts should be up to 200 words, should include a title and should be accompanied by a short biographical note of up to 100 words, plus email address and institutional affiliation (if applicable).
Abstracts should be sent as email attachments to: GM2024@liverpool.ac.uk
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