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Ungoverned ImaginingsJames Mill's The History of British India and Orientalism$
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Javed Majeed

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198117865

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117865.001.0001

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Thomas Moore and Orientalism

Thomas Moore and Orientalism

(p.87) Chapter 3 Thomas Moore and Orientalism
Ungoverned Imaginings

Javed Majeed

Oxford University Press

Thomas Moore's formulation of a sophisticated brand of orientalism stemmed from his ambivalent position as an Irish patriot of Catholic background who was also the ‘god of drawing-room idolatry’ in London society. This reputation was partly based on his recital of Irish songs at social gatherings. In Memoirs of Myself, Moore confessed that some of the prominent members of the United Irishmen were among the ‘most intimate friends’ of his family. He also supported the Irish parliament, whose separate existence had been brought to an end by the Act of Union which came into force on January 1, 1801. Moore's publications on Ireland's politics, and his desire to write a biography of Henry Grattan, can almost be seen as a hagiography of the Irish nationalist heroes who struggled for Ireland's independence. But Moore's standing as an Irish patriot was of a different order from Daniel O'Connell's, who linked the cause of Irish nationalism with the Roman Catholic Church. This chapter also examines issues of Catholic emancipation and imperialism in his writings.

Keywords:   Thomas Moore, orientalism, imperialism, United Irishmen, parliament, politics, Henry Grattan, Ireland, independence, nationalism

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