Swansea University - Writing Wales in English

Writing Wales in English

Series Editors: Kirsti Bohata and Daniel Williams Founding Editor: M. Wynn Thomas Publisher: University of Wales Press

Dedicated to Emyr Humphreys, the distinguished writer who is one of the patrons of CREW, the Writing Wales in English series aims to produce a body of scholarly and critical work reflecting the richness and variety of the English-language literature of modern Wales. Drawing upon the expertise both of established specialists and of younger scholars, it will seek to take advantage of the concepts, models and discourses current in the best contemporary studies to promote a better understanding of the literature’s significance, viewed not only as an expression of Welsh culture but also as an instance of modern literatures in English worldwide. In addition, it will seek to make available the scholarly materials (such as bibliographies) necessary for this kind of advanced, informed study. 

Books published 

 
Stephen Knight, One Hundred Years of Welsh Fiction (2004)
Barbara Prys Williams, Twentieth Century Welsh Autobiographies (2004)
Kirsti Bohata, Postcolonialism Revisited: Writing Wales in English (2004)
Rhian Reynolds, ed., Bibliography of Welsh Literature in English Translation (2005)
Chris Wigginton, Modernism from the Margins: The 1930s Poetry of Dylan Thomas and Louis MacNeice (2006)
Linden Peach, Women’s Writing in Wales and Ireland (2007)
Sarah Prescott, Eighteenth Century Women Writers and Wales (2008)
Matthew Jarvis, Welsh Environments in Contemporary Poetry (2008)
Hywel Dix, After Raymond Williams: Cultural Materialism and the Break-Up of Britain (2008)
Sarah Prescott, Eighteenth Century Writing from Wales: Bards and Britons (2008)
Harri Garrod Roberts, Embodying Identity: Representations of the Body in Welsh Literature (2009)
Diane Green, Emyr Humphreys: A Postcolonial Novelist (2009)
M. Wynn Thomas, In the Shadow of the Pulpit: Literature and the Nonconformist Nation (2009)
Linden Peach,  The Fiction of Emyr Humphreys: Contemporary Critical Perspectives (2011)

Daniel Westover
Julie Kendall, Edward Thomas: The Origins of his Poetry (2012)
Jasmine Donahaye, Whose People? Wales, Israel, Palestine (2012)
Daniel G. Williams, Black Skin, Blue Books: African Americans and Wales, 1845 - 1945 (2012)
Damian Walford Davies, Cartographies of Culture: New Geographies of Welsh Writing in English (2012)

Andrew Webb, Edward Thomas and World Literary Studies: Wales, Anglocentricism and English Literature (2013)

Alyce von Rothkirch, J O Francis: Realist, Drama and Ethics (2014)

Forthcoming

Rhian Barfoot, Liberating Dylan Thomas (2015)

 

In Preparation

 

 Tony Brown, Ex-centric voices: the English-language short story in Wales

Matthew Jarvis, An Introduction to Welsh Poetry in English 1965-2005.

 

 

 

writing_wales_in_english  Kirsti Bohata,  Postcolonialism Revisited
(Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2004)
Postcolonialism Revisited examines the ways in which postcolonial theory may be usefully adopted and adapted in order to provide an illuminating reading of Welsh writing in English, and how the Anglophone literature of Wales raises questions about the assumptions and dogmas of postcolonial theory. In addition to dealing with a range of theorists in the field, including Frantz Fanon, Bill Ashcroft and Homi Bhabha, the book looks at how Wales has been constructed as a colonized nation in late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century writing. Authors considered include R. S. Thomas, Margiad Evans, Christopher Meredith, Peter Finch and Rhys Davies. 

 

 

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Stephen Knight , A Hundred Years of Fiction
(Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2004)

Professor Stephen Knight’s A Hundred Years of Fiction is an in-depth exploration and analysis of the Anglophone fiction of Wales in the twentieth century, the book covers the major periods, genres and authors of twentieth century Welsh writing in English, from Allen Raine to Christopher Meredith. Stephen Knight considers Welsh fiction from a socio-cultural viewpoint, relating the authors and texts to the determining forces of their period and contexts, such as economy, politics, religion, gender issues, concepts of Welsh identity and the varying pressures of a colonial situation. He uses the techniques of modern post-colonial (and colonial) criticism, paying special attention to the role of Welsh-language culture in the formation of the authors and their texts. Beginning with early responses to colonialism, the book then moves on to map Wales's varying representations of the politics of industry, as well as the ways in which Welsh writing in English responded to the metropolitan influence of modernism. In the latter half of the century, the question of women's writing in Wales has become increasingly important, and is examined in detail, as is the decline of industry and the concurrent rise of a postmodern Anglophone literature. A Hundred Years of Fiction will be essential reading for anyone interested in the multiple articulations of Welsh identity and culture in twentieth-century English-language fictions of Wales

 

 

 

 

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Barbara Prys-Williams, Twentieth-Century Welsh Autobiography
(Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2004).
The writing of good autobiography requires an encounter with oneself that can involve the need to wrestle with potent elements from one's past. In this pioneering work on twentieth-century Welsh autobiography in English, Barbara Prys-Williams traces the fascinating psychological influences which have shaped the consciousness and world views of seven authors, all by birth, or by adoption, Welsh. The study throws intriguing new light on the personalities as well as the work of many figures who occupy a prominent place in the Welsh imagination, including several who may be described as icons of their respective cultures. The comic exuberance of Rhondda-born humorist Gwyn Thomas is shown to have bleak origins: his work is powered by pain. Rhys Davies takes detachment to narcissistic levels, manipulating his own history to cover his tracks. Award-winning feminist Lorna Sage, comments with acerbic wit on her Northern Border upbringing, showing herself to have been deprived of secure psychological boundaries. Miner-writers Ron Berry and B. L. Coombes allow powerful personal drives to shape their stories, one openly, one covertly. Margiad Evans, who loved the southern Border country, writes movingly of different phases of life from turbulent adolescence to the process of dying. Poet-priest R. S. Thomas, deeply committed to the ancient heartlands of Wales, uses a virtuoso obliquity in his searingly honest search for self in his poetic autobiography.

 

 

 

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Rhian Reynolds ed, BWLET:  Bibliography of Welsh Language Literature in English Translation
(Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2005)
This is the first comprehensive bibliography of Welsh–English literary translation, complementing the online BWLET.net database (live since October 2002) as part of the AHRB-funded project. 

The earliest translations date from the 17th century and sources for translations vary from anthologies, manuscripts and journals, to audiovisual and internet translations. The information is presented by literary period, with each author appearing alphabetically.

BWLET offers an insight into the energy of Welsh-language culture. It maps the cultural exchanges that have shaped it over the centuries and invites new readings of recent cultural relations between the Welsh-speaking Welsh and the majority English language population as well as the Anglophone reading public worldwide.

 

 

 

 writing_wales_in_english5 Chris Wiggington, Modernism from the Margins: The 1930s Poetry of Louis MacNeice and Dylan Thomas
(Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2007)
Modernism from the Margins is an accessible and challenging account of the 1930s writing of two of the most popular authors of the time. Locating the work of Louis MacNeice and Dylan Thomas historically, the book questions standard accounts of the period as Auden-dominated and offers an inclusive and theoretical account of the engagement of both writers with the varieties of Modernism. It is the first reading at length of either MacNeice's or Thomas's work in the light of literary theory, and one of only a handful of texts to look at the writing of the 1930s in these terms.

 

writing_wales_in_english6  Linden Peach, Contemporary Irish and Welsh Women's Fiction: Gender, Desire and Power 
(Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2007)
This book is the first comparative study of fiction by late twentieth and twenty-first century women writers from Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales. It breaks new ground in its comparative framework and in exploring texts that deserve more serious critical attention than they have received and which deal with subjects that have been previously absent from or marginalized in Welsh and Irish literary fiction in English.