Upcoming Events: 

11th International George Moore One-Day Online Conference

Saturday 24th April Schedule


All panel sessions will take place on Microsoft Teams


8.45 am

Professor Niamh Hourigan

Vice President of Academic Affairs, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick



Kathryn Laing and Mary Pierse

Introduction and further welcomes


9 - 10 am


Katrina Kell:        

George Moore, Verlaine and Rimbaud: Reviving Edwin Dayne as a Fictional Character

Julie Anne Stevens:

The Female Apprentice Artist in Selected Fin de Siècle Writing and Illustration by Somerville and Ross and George Moore


Yuri Watanabe:

Mildred Lawson and Modernist Ideology


10.15 - 11.15 am


Elena Mª Elena Jaime de Pablos

“Personality, or what a [Wo]man is”: A Schopenhauerian reading of George Moore’s “The Wedding Gown”


Akemi Yoshida:

Art and Human Conditions in Balzac’s “Le chef-d’oeuvre inconnu,” Moore’s A Modern Lover, Zola’s l’Oeuvre and Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray 


Claire Masurel Murray:

George Moore and Decadent Catholicism: a case study of Evelyn Innes and Sister



11.30 am - 12.30 pm 


Film Première

‘A Question of Style’, penned by London-based Irish playwright Conor Montague and directed by David Clare, Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick


Set in Coole Park, the play is based on the ill-fated collaboration between Moore and Yeats to create a dramatic reimagining of the legend of Diarmuid and Gráinne for the Irish Literary Theatre in 1901.



12.30 pm


George Moore Association AGM



12.30 - 1.30 pm Lunch Break




1.30 - 2.30 pm


Michel Brunet:

Edmond Jaloux’s critical appraisal of George Moore’s oeuvre in the 1920s  


Brendan Fleming:

The ‘Puzzle’ of Gladys Huntington and the Writings of George Moore: Some Intertextual Connections


Siobhan Chapman:

‘Picking out the daisies’: A consideration of Moore’s practice of rewriting, with reference to ‘Albert Nobbs’


2.45 - 3.45 pm


David Clare:

George Moore’s Irish Catholic Characters With ‘English’ Names


Eamon Maher:

Struggling with the Catholic Faith: George Moore and Canon Patrick Augustine Sheehan


Thaís Marques Soranzo: 

The Moral and Aesthetic Problem in the Reception of Esther Waters           


4 - 4.45 pm


Kathi Griffin:

The Prefaces of George Moore: Enigma Variations


Elizabeth Grubgeld:

Moore's Protomodernist Bildungsroman and Mapping the West.     


4.45 - 5 pm


Adrian Frazier

Engaging with George Moore ‘At Home’






The George Moore conference will now be a fully online conference. This one-day event includes the film premiere of a comedic piece, 'A Question of Style', penned by playwright Conor Montague and directed by David Clare (MIC).  Set in Coole Park, the play is based on the ill-fated collaboration between Moore and Yeats to create a dramatic reimagining of the legend of Diarmuid and  Gráinne for the Irish Literary Theatre in 1901.  

In April 2021, the writings of Mayo man George Moore (1852-1933) will be honoured once more at the 11th George Moore International Conference at MIC, University of Limerick.  Focussing on the concept of home in the life of Moore (was it Paris, Dublin, Mayo, London, the world of letters?) the event will be an the event will be an investigation and celebration of the incredible literary legacy of Moore, its ground-breaking patterns, and the utter relevance of his approaches for the 21st century.  In his lifetime, Moore was honoured by artists and writers - and feared and condemned by a puritanical public for his honesty.  Recognised as importer of French modernism into English literature,  as the most significant influence in introducing impressionist painting to England, as trailblazer for modern autobiography and memoir, Moore also excelled in several other genres: Émile Zola and Guy de Maupassant ‘borrowed’ from Moore's A Modern Lover (1883); the structure of his short story collection The Untilled Field was the model the Untilled Field was the model for James Joyce’s Dubliners and the conclusion of ‘The Dead’ is reminiscent of Moore’s Vain Fortune (1891).

The trail of connections and influences and cultural circles stretches from Mayo to Paris, London and

Hollywood (with Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs, the 2012 film of Moore’s atmospheric story).

While Moore faded temporarily from general memory, it was because England viewed him as a little dangerous, too French, too Irish and too Catholic, while bourgeois Ireland also feared him but saw him as insufficiently Irish and Catholic, and Mayo remembered unwelcome disclosures of contemporary unorthodoxy! More recently, Moore is much appreciated for his pertinence and artistry. More than a century ago, Moore identified the perils of clerical dominance, embraced the European novel, supported women, sympathetically understood the multiple complexities of human sexuality, and wove visual art and music into the novel. Those paths are the routes frequently now chosen by writers, and such qualities  are appreciated by today’s readers. In approaching the topic of home, it is timely to remember a wise counsel, that Moore studies should “think through the interlinked intellectual cross-currents between his work and that of his contemporaries both as part of a process of canonical reappraisal and as recognition of the impossibilities of placing the truly individual artist into neat categories or movements.” (Heilman and Lewellyn 2014, 16).