Travel in Italy

These are some of the questions that I would like to focus on in further iterations of this blog.

Briefly, Moore’s journey is exactly contemporary to that of Lady Morgan, who published an account of it in Italy (1821). It would be useful to compare their remarks, itineraries, observations etc.

Moore’s journey should also be compared to Madame de Stael’s Corinne, ou l’Italie (1807), a novel that Moore only read after his return from Italy, in December 1819. He even writes remarks when in Rome on viewing the painting of the Sybil by Domenichino that Stael used as a model for her heroine’s description. Indeed, both Stael and Morgan are examples of (female) novelists who came to be identified with their most famous literary creations, and who self-styled themselves after them (Corinne and the Wild Irish Girl respectively). How does Moore, male and not too appreciative of Italy, fit with this perspective? Is he writing his diary as Tom Little, as the Fudge Family in Italy, or as Ireland’s bard?

Or with Byron’s? Does Moore too project a persona?

Rogers, Moore and Byron’s friend, also wrote a travelogue on Italy in the form of a poem published in 1822-1828 (unsuccessfully), revised in 1830 (very successfully), but based on a journey made in 1815 .

How about Shelley? Mary Shelley (feminist perspective with de Stael and Morgan)? John Cam Hobhouse (especially his essay on Childe Harold, co-written with Ugo Foscolo)? Foscolo as well?

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