2021 is the centenary year of the Belfast-born writer, Brian Moore (1921-1999). Acknowledging that Moore’s work has faded somewhat from scholarly view, this special issue of the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, slated for publication in late 2022 or early 2023, seeks to critically (re)appraise Moore’s work. The guest editors are particularly interested in receiving submissions that focus on the following topics:
- Moore’s underexplored works such as his pulp novels, short stories and screenplays.
- Moore adapting / adapting Moore for stage and screen.
- Moore and his Montreal contemporaries such as Mordecai Richler, Mavis Gallant, William Weintraub.
- essays that explore Moore’s work using recent and emerging methodologies and critical paradigms, including but not limited to: migration and diaspora studies; periodical studies; genetic criticism; the politics of prize-giving and the literary marketplace.
- essays situating Moore’s work in relation to important historical contexts, including but not limited to: World War II; the Northern Irish “Troubles”; Second Wave Feminism; Vatican II and other shifts within the Catholic Church; the Cold War.
- essays using archival research at the U of Calgary and/or the U of Texas (Austin) to shed new light on Moore’s work.
Given the timeliness of the special issue, we are seeking abstracts (400 words) for proposed essays by the end of Wednesday, 15 December 2021. Full essays (7000-8000 words) will be due by the end of 31 March 2022.
Further information about the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust-funded project, Brian Moore at 100, is available here.