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  • Dr. Sean Moore (Ph.D. Duke 2003, M.A. Georgetown 1995, B.A. UMASS 1991) has research and teaching interests focused on postcolonial, economic, and book history approaches to global eighteenth-century British, Irish and American studies. He is editor of the journal Eighteenth-Century Studies, and has just completed a second monograph entitled "Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries: British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814" (Oxford UP, 2019). This book studies how the transatlantic book trade – the purchase of London printed books by Americans eager for British cultural capital and identity – was enabled by the consumer habits, philanthropy , and reading of men engaged in slavery and related enterprises. His first monograph, "Swift, the Book, and the Irish Financial Revolution: Satire and Sovereignty in Colonial Ireland" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2010), won the 2010 Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book from the American Conference for Irish Studies. It argues that Jonathan Swift helped to mobilize the Irish print media for the promotion of Ireland's cultural, political, and economic sovereignty. Moore's recent work in Atlantic studies includes an essay, "The Irish Contribution to the Ideological Origins of the American Revolution: Non-Importation and the Reception of Jonathan Swift's Irish Satires in Early America," in Early American Literature (2017). New contributions to British studies and financial history include an essay on John Dryden's reaction to the Stop of the Exchequer of 1672 – the only sovereign debt default in Britain's History – forthcoming in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation (2020). Having served a three-year term as Director of the UNH Honors Program, Moore is particularly interested in working with undergraduates and graduate students who wish to pursue careers in academia, research libraries, museums, learned societies, and high schools. A former aide to U.S. Congressman Barney Frank and Fulbright Scholar to the Republic of Ireland, he also is interested in advising students going into public policy, international affairs, and communications.

    Moore's articles have appeared in PMLA, Atlantic Studies, and other journals and essay collections. For one of these essays, he received the international Richard H. Rodino Prize from the Ehrenpreis Centre for Swift Studies in Münster, Germany. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), American Antiquarian Society/National Endowment of the Humanities (AAS/NEH), the Library Company of Philadelphia/Mellon Foundation, the Preservation Society of Newport County (Newport Mansions), the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC), the John Carter Brown Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Fulbright program.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2018 Introduction: Empires in the Eighteenth CenturyEighteenth Century Studies.  52:1-5. 2018
    2017 The Irish Contribution to the Ideological Origins of the American Revolution: Nonimportation and the Reception of Jonathan Swift’s Irish Satires in Early AmericaEarly American Literature.  52:333-362. 2017
    2012 INTRODUCTION: IRELAND AND ENLIGHTENMENTEighteenth Century Studies.  45:345-354. 2012
    2007 Devouring Posterity:A Modest Proposal, Empire, and Ireland?s ?Debt of the Nation?PMLA.  122:679-695. 2007
    2005 “Our Irish copper-farthen dean”: Swift'sDrapier'sletters, the “forging” of a modernist Anglo-Irish literature, and the Atlantic world of paper creditAtlantic Studies: Literary, Cultural and Historical Perspectives.  2:65-92. 2005
    2004 The Culture of Paper Credit: the New Economic Criticism and the Eighteenth CenturyThe Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation.  45:87-108. 2004
    2002 "Anglo-Irish" Hybridity: Problems in Miscegnation, Representation, and Postcolonialism in Irish StudiesJournal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies.  7:75-110. 2002
    2002 Satiric Norms, Swift's Financial Satires, and the Bank of Ireland Controversy of 1720-1721Eighteenth-Century Ireland.  17:26-56. 2002

    Book

    Year Title
    2019 Slavery and the Making of the Early American Library British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814 2019
    2010 Swift, the Book, and the Irish Financial Revolution: Satire and Sovereignty in Colonial Ireland 2010

    Chapter

    Year Title
    2010 Vested Interests and Debt Bondage: Credit as Confessional Coercion in Eighteenth-Century Ireland.  204-220. 2010
    2009 Satiric Norms, Swift's Financial Satires, and the Bank of Ireland Controversy of 1720-1721.  9-42. 2009
    2008 Swift and Ireland's Revenue: the Public Finance Context of Irish Economic Pamphleteering.  391-401. 2008
    2002 Taking the Bull by the Horns: the Edgeworths’ Essay on Irish Bulls and the Historicizing of Irish ‘Sly Civility.’.  115-122. 2002

    Teaching Activities

  • English Novel of 18th Century Taught course 2019
  • First-Year Writing Taught course 2019
  • Honors/Irish Identity Taught course 2018
  • Sem/18th Century Literature Taught course 2018
  • American Lit I Conquest Nation Taught course 2018
  • Literature Later 18th Century Taught course 2018
  • British Lit II Age of Rev Taught course 2017
  • Sem/Slavery & Culture Taught course 2017
  • Intro to Literary Analysis Taught course 2016
  • Sem/18th Century Literature Taught course 2016
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Sean Moore