Jeffery Vail

Vail 6568 croppedMaster Lecturer, Humanities


BA English Literature, Washington College
MA English Literature, University of Delaware
PhD English Literature, University of Delaware

Teaching Interests

Philosophy, ethics, literature from the classics to postmodernism, art, and film

Research Interests

British and Irish Romanticism

Selected Publications


The Unpublished Letters of Thomas Moore. 2 vols. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013.

[Explanatory notes.] Byron, Lord George Gordon. Selected Poetry of Lord Byron. Ed. Leslie A. Marchand. New York: Random House, 2002, 671-742.

The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.

Books in Progress

Unquiet Feelings: Passion in the Poetry of Lord Byron

Ed., Sketches of Pious Women, by Thomas Moore

Articles and Book Chapters

“Thomas Moore.” The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets. Ed. Gerald Dawe. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2017, 61-73.

“Thomas Moore and the Prince of Pleasure: George IV as Satirical Inspiration.” Thomas Moore and Romantic Inspiration: Poetry, Music, and Politics. Eds. Sarah McCleave and Brian G. Caraher. New York: Routledge, 2017, 169-84.

“Samuel Rogers: A Passion for Little Girls.” The Wordsworth Circle 42, no. 3 (Summer 2011), 217-25.

“Mourning for Venice: Byron’s ‘Venice: An Ode’ and Moore’s Poetic Response.” Bulletin of the Societe Française des Etudes Byronniennes. (2010), 93-99.

 “Thomas Moore: After the Battle.” The Blackwell Companion to Irish Literature. Ed. Julia M. Wright. 2 vols. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, vol. 1, 310-25.

 “‘Little’s leadless pistol’: Byron’s Turn from Erotic Poetry to Popeian Satire.” Lord Byron: “Correspondence(s)”.  Ed. Christiane Vigouroux. Paris: François-Xavier de Guibert, 2008, 365-72.

“Lord Byron’s Canons: Introduction.” Romanticism on the Net 43 (2006).

“The Standard of Revolt: Revolution and National Independence in Moore’s Lalla Rookh.” Romanticism on the Net 40 (2005).

 “A Romantic Satirist in the Age of Peel: Eight New Poems by Thomas Moore.” Keats-Shelley Journal 54 (2005), 42-62.

“Thomas Moore in Ireland and America: The Growth of a Poet’s Mind.” Romanticism 10.1 (2004), 41-62.

 “‘The Ninth of November, Lord Mayor’s Day, An Ode’: A Burlesque Newly Attributed to Thomas Moore.” Victorian Periodicals Review 36, no. 4 (Winter 2003), 364-72.

“Reading and Writing Thomas Moore’s Biography of Byron.” Byronic Negotiations. Ed. Katrina Bachinger. Vienna: Peter Lang Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften, 2002, 24-39.

“Byron’s ‘Impromptu on a Recent Incident’: A New Text of a Regency Squib.” Keats-Shelley Journal 47 (1998), 29-31.

“‘My bright twin sister of the sky’: Manfred, Moore’s Loves of the Angels, and the Shadow of Augusta Leigh.” Byron Journal 26 (1998), 29-38.

 “‘The bright sun was extinguish’d’: The Bologna Prophecy and Byron’s ‘Darkness.’” The Wordsworth  Circle 28, no. 3 (Summer 1997), 183-92.

Other Professional Activity and/or Awards

Peyton Richter Award–awarded for excellence in interdisciplinary teaching (2013)

Member, Board of Directors, Byron Society of America.