Professor Dafydd Moore

Professor Dafydd Moore

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Office of Vice Chancellor

Professor Dafydd Moore can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • English literature
  • 18th century literature
  • Creative writing


Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature


M.A.(University of Cambridge)

Ph.D (University of Strathclyde)

Professional membership

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy



Research interests

My current research engages with archipelagic understandings of eighteenth-century literary culture, with a particular interest in non-metropolitan literary networks and associated questions of cultural and political identity. I have published widely on Richard Polwhele including a monograph on Polwhele in 2020. I have also worked on the eighteenth-century Scottish writer James Macpherson and have published extensively on the work of Macpherson and associated figures in a number of disciplines, including a full length study of Macpherson’s Ossian and a 4 volume set of Ossian-related materials.

Grants & contracts

2013: Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award "Reading Plymouth's Cottonian Collection and Archive"
2013: Arts Council England Grants for the Arts to deliver Plymouth International Book Festival 2013-14
2012: Arts Council England Grant for the Arts to deliver Plymouth International Book Festival 2012
2006: British Academy Overseas Conference Grant to speak at University of California, Berkeley.
2002-2003: Arts and Humanities Research Board, Research Leave scheme.



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Moore DR (2016) '‘A Comparison Similar to this’: Ossian and the Forms of Antiquity' British Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies 39, (2) 171-182 ,
Moore D (2016) 'John Wolcot and “The Anecdotic Itch”: Peter Pindar, Biography, and Historiography in the 1780s' Eighteenth-Century Life 40, (2) 88-118 ,
Moore DR (2013) '"Too Frivolous to Interest the Public"? Walter Scott, Richard Polwhele and Archipelagic Correspondence' Romantik: Journal for the Study of Romanticisms (2) 103-126
Moore D (2012) 'The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Romanticism – Edited by Murray Pittock' Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 35, (4) 625-626 ,
Moore DR (2012) ''Kings Unborn of Fingal's Royal Race': Ossian, Scottishness and the Aesthetics of Collaboration in the Age of Napoleon'' Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies 23, (2) 17-26
Moore D (2008) ''"As Flies the Unconstant Sun": Tradition, Memory and Cultural Transmission in The Poems of Ossian'' Eighteenth-Century Ireland 23, 76-93
Moore D (2008) ''Devolving Romanticism: Nation, Region and the case of Devon and Cornwall'' Literature Compass ,
Moore D (2006) 'Tennyson, Malory and the Ossianic mode:: <i>The</i> '<i>Poems of Ossian</i>' and 'the death of Arthur'' REVIEW OF ENGLISH STUDIES 57, (230) 374-391 ,
Moore D (2006) 'James Macpherson and "Celtic whiggism"' EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY LIFE 30, (1) 1-24 ,
Moore D (2005) 'Adam!Ferguson, <i>The</i> '<i>Poems of Ossian</i>' and the imaginative life of the Scottish enlightenment' HISTORY OF EUROPEAN IDEAS 31, (2) 277-288 ,
Moore D (2000) 'Ossian, chivalry and the politics of genre: The case of fingal king of morven, a knight-errant' British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 23, (1) 21-35
Moore D (2000) '‘Ossian, Chivalry and the Politics of Genre’' British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 23, (1) 21-36
Moore D (2000) 'Heroic incoherence in James MacPherson's The 'Poems of Ossian'' EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY STUDIES 34, (1) 43-59 ,
Moore D (1997) ''James Macpherson and Adam Ferguson: An Enlightenment Encounter’' The Scottish Literary Journal 24, (2) 5-23
Moore D (2020) Richard Polwhele and Romantic Culture: The Politics of Reaction and the Poetics of Place. New York Routledge ,
Moore DR (2017) The International Companion to James Macpherson and the Poems of Ossian. Glasgow Scottish Literature International
Moore D (2004) Ossian and Ossianism: Beginnings. Ossian and Ossianism 1
Moore D (2004) Ossian and Ossianism: Creative Response. Ossian and Ossianism 4
Moore D (2004) Ossian and Ossianism: Critical writings. Ossian and Ossianism 3
Moore D (2004) Ossian and Ossianism: The poems of Ossian. Taylor & Francis Ossian and Ossianism 2
Moore D (2003) Enlightenment and romance in James Macpherson's The poems of Ossian. Ashgate Pub Ltd
Moore D (2023) 'Romanticism' Wiley 91-103 ,
Moore D (2021) 'The Poems of Ossian and the Birth of Modern Geology' in Davis L; Sorensen J The International Companion to Scottish Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century Glasgow Association for Scottish Literature 261-271
Moore D (2017) '"The truth of midnight" and "the truth of noonday": Sensation and madness in James Thomson's the city of Dreadfal Night' Victorian Crime, Madness and Sensation 119-134
Moore DR (2017) 'Macpherson's Iliad and the Logic of Literary Primitivism' in Moore DR The International Companion to James Macpherson and the Poems of Ossian Glasgow Scottish Literature International 105-118
Moore D (2015) 'Ossianism and the Arthurian Revival: The Case of Richard Hole's Arthur or the Northern Enchantment (1789)' The Harp and the Constitution Myths of Celtic and Gothic Origin Brill Academic Publishers 134-155
Moore DR (2014) '"Caledonian Plagiary": The Role and Meaning of Ireland in the Poems of Ossian' in Dew B; Price F Historical Writing in Britain, 1688-1830: Visions of History Basingstoke, UK Palgrave Macmillan 92-108
Moore D (2014) '‘Caledonian plagiary’' Historical Writing in Britain, 1688–1830 Palgrave Macmillan UK 92-108 ,
Moore D (2013) 'The toast of Heroes and Fair Albion's son: Jonathan Mitchell Sewall's ossianic versifications' Transatlantic Traffic and (Mis)Translations 113-131
Moore DR (2013) 'Coda: Knowing your Place' in Gottlieb E; Shields J Representing Place in British Literature and Culture, 1660-1830: From Local to Global Ashgate 185-196
Moore DR (2013) 'Fingal in the West Country: The Poems of Ossian and Cultural Myth-Making in the South West of England, 1770-1800' in Gibson MH Mysticism, Myth and Celtic Identity Routledge 99-116
Moore DR (2011) '"The Romance of Real Life": Richard Polwhele's Representation of the Literary Culture and Language of Cornwall' in Trower S Place, Writing, and Voice in Oral History Palgrave MacMillan 41-58
Moore D (2010) ''Examining Ossian’s Romantic Bequest’' in Carruthers G; Rawes A English Romanticism and the Celtic World Cambridge Univ Pr 38-53
Moore D (2010) ''The Reception of Ossian in Britain'' in Cappellari S; Colombo G Letteratura scozzese 60-62
Moore D (2009) '' "A Blank Made": Ossian and the Imaginative Possibilities of Forgery'' in Milnes T; Sinanan K Romanticism, Sincerity and Authenticity Palgrave MacMillan 58-79
Moore D (2007) '‘The Ossianic Revival, James Beattie and Primitivism’' in Brown I The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature: Enlightenment, Britain and empire (1707-1918) Edinburgh Univ Pr 90-99
Moore D (2004) ''"The Truth of Midnight and the Truth of Noonday": Madness and Sensation in Thomson's The City of Dreadful Night'' in Maunder A; Moore G Victorian crime, madness and sensation Ashgate Pub Ltd 119-134
Moore D (2004) 'The reception of The Poems of Ossian in England and Scotland' in Gaskill H The reception of Ossian in Europe Continuum Intl Pub Group 21-39
Moore DR (2003) 'The critical response to Ossian's Romantic bequest' English Romanticism and the Celtic World Cambridge University Press 38-53 ,
Moore D (2000) 'James Macpherson, Fingal and Other Poems' in Womersley D A companion to literature from Milton to Blake Wiley-Blackwell 380-387
Moore D (1998) '‘James Macpherson and William Faulkner: Towards a Sensibility of Defeat’' in Stafford FJ; Gaskill H From Gaelic to Romantic: Ossianic Translations 183-215