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English Bards and Unknown Reviewers: a Stylometric Analysis of Thomas Moore and the Christabel Review

Benatti, Francesca and Tonra, Justin (2015). English Bards and Unknown Reviewers: a Stylometric Analysis of Thomas Moore and the Christabel Review. Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies, October

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Abstract

Fraught relations between authors and critics are a commonplace of literary history. The particular case that we discuss in this article, a negative review of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Christabel (1816), has an additional point of interest beyond the usual mixture of amusement and resentment that surrounds a critical rebuke: the authorship of the review remains, to this day, uncertain. The purpose of this article is to investigate the possible candidacy of Thomas Moore as the author of the provocative review. It seeks to solve a puzzle of almost two hundred years, and in the process clear a valuable scholarly path in Irish Studies, Romanticism, and in our understanding of Moore's role in a prominent literary controversy of the age.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame
ISSN: 2372-2231
Keywords: Edinburgh Review; Thomas Moore; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Francis Jeffrey; William Hazlitt; stylometry; stylometrics; authorship; attribution;periodical; digital humanities
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > English & Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Digital Humanities at the Open University (DH_OU)
History of Books and Reading (HOBAR)
Item ID: 44297
Depositing User: Francesca Benatti
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2015 08:10
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 01:18
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/44297
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