Mr Geraint Evans
Senior Lecturer
English Literature & Creative Writing
Telephone: (01792) 602550

Geraint Evans is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature at Swansea University. His research interests include literary modernism, Welsh writing in English and the history of the book in Britain, often with a focus on the languages and cultures of Wales and their interaction with England and international English culture.

Geraint trained in theatre and performance at the Rose Bruford College, London before studying at Birkbeck College, London, University of Wales Swansea, and Clare College, Cambridge. Before moving to Swansea he taught modern British and Irish literature at the University of Sydney.

His recent work in the field of book history has led to the rediscovery of an early seventeenth-century Welsh recusant book called Drych Cydwybod (A Mirror of Conscience) and he is currently working on an edition of Roger Smyth’s Welsh version of Robert Southwell’s Letter to his Father, which was published in Paris in 1612 in a previously unrecorded edition.

Geraint is editor of The Cambridge History of Welsh Literature, which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. His other current projects include a book of essays to mark the centenary of Ford Madox Ford’s novel The Good Soldier, which will appear in the series of International Ford Madox Ford Studies in 2015.

Areas of Expertise

  • Modernist Literature
  • Welsh Writing in English
  • The History of the Book in Britain

Publications

  1. Antiquarianism and proto-nationalism in Elizabeth Hardy’s Owen Glendower (1849). In (pp. 87-102).
  2. ‘Ship of Fools’ in Sian Echard and Robert Rouse, eds., The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain. In Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.
  3. ‘The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales’ in Sian Echard and Robert Rouse, eds., The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain. In The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain, eds. Sian Echard and Robert Rouse. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.
  4. Meeting King Lud at the Fleet Gate: David Jones and the Welshness of London. Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion n.s. 20 (2014), 60-68.
  5. ‘Edward Thomas and the canon of Welsh writing in English’. International Journal of Welsh Writing in English 1, 81-93.

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Teaching

  • EN-114 Voices of Poetry

    'Voices of Poetry' is an engaging and exciting module which aims to introduce students to poetry and the various voices it articulates. Taught by well-known poets as well as scholars of poetry, this course will introduce students to a wide range of poetic forms and literary periods, ranging from the medieval lyric to postmodern poetry, from Shakespeare to Sylvia Plath. Particular attention will be paid to the interrelationship between meaning and form, and how rhetorical figures, metre, rhythm, tone, register and the speaker's voice create meaning. 'Voices of Poetry' will also foster an appreciation of how poetic forms are re-written in the socio-historical context in which they were produced.

  • EN-207 Revolution of the Word: Modernism

    An introduction to Modernist literature, focussing upon its origins in response to the crisis of modernity, its engagement with colonialism and the First World War, its formal experimentation, its depiction of city-life and its engagement with new ideas of gender and the unconscious.

  • EN-239 No-Man's Land: Literature of the Great War

    This module examines First World War writing from the point of view of combatants and non-combatants; men and women; those who experienced the war first hand, and those for whom it is an historical event. Linking these myriad viewpoints is the image of No-Man¿s Land which functions as the preeminent symbol of the Great War as fought on the Western Front. It is a site laden with complex meanings, connotative of trauma, commemoration, political failure and gender crisis. On this module we will tease out such implications through novels, memoirs, poetry and drama.

  • EN-3031 Dissertation - English Literature

    The Dissertation is an optional, two-semester, 40-credit module designed to develop high-level academic skills and intellectual independence in the students. A first-semester skills-building programme will include: research skills, summary skills, bibliographic skills, ability to synthesise succinctly, planning and organisational skills, correct presentation of a thesis and bibliography, presentational skills and public speaking. Students conduct research on a subject of their choice, devised in consultation with a member of the English literature staff. The topic will be devised to fall within staff research and teaching specialisms, broadly defined. Students attend group sessions on research skills in Semesters 1 and 2, and have individual meetings with supervisors in Semester 2.

  • EN-3043 Poetry in the Twentieth Century

    `Poetry in the Twentieth Century¿ is a survey of English-language poetry from Modernism to the new millennium. The module begins with American poetry and the imagists who worked in Paris and London many of whom, like Ezra Pound, H.D. and e.e. cummings, were American. The module examines the relationship between the development of imagism and the work of other American modernist poets such as Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams. The module then turns to the English poets of the mid twentieth century and the work of Phillip Larkin and Geoffrey Hill, before considering some of the recent English-language poets of Ireland and Wales, including Seamus Heaney and Gwyneth Lewis.

  • EN-3045 Crime Fiction since 1920

    The two decades between the two World Wars have been called the Golden Age of crime fiction. This was the period when the modern detective story emerged as a major element in literary and popular culture. Energised by the challenge of modernity detective stories commented on the world while combining the thrill of the new with a conservative nostalgia for tradition. This Semester 2 module will look at the development of crime fiction since the 1920s, concentrating on British writers, while also looking at some key examples of European crime writing. The module concludes by looking at some examples of crime fiction from the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries, encouraging students to look for patterns of continuity and change across a century of British and European crime fiction.

  • EN-M31 Dissertation

    Individual project devised and defined in discussion between supervisor and student.

  • EN-M41 Research Practice in English / Contemporary Writing / Welsh Writing in English

    Supervised project on research methodology in practice. Students build a detailed bibliographical plan for their MA dissertation project.

  • EN-M75 Modernist writing in London, Paris and New York

    Much of the vibrant experimentation of English modernist writing can be located in the two great cities of London and Paris on either side of the First World War. Modernist culture is strongly located in the idea of the metropolis and one way of approaching English literature of this period is to look at the writers who were grouped around Ford and Conrad¿s English Review, before the war in London and then Ford¿s Transatlantic Review, after the war in Paris. Pound, Hemingway, H.D., Joyce, Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield and Wyndham Lewis all find an audience through these little magazines, as do many other writers, including Ford and Conrad themselves. Writers also cluster around Bloomsbury in London and, after the war, around the Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris and the associated publishing ventures of Sylvia Beach and Bill Bird. Like many of the writers who worked in Paris in the twenties, Beach and Bird were American and in the work of writers such as Henry James and Edith Wharton New York is constructed as the metropolis of the new world, the third great centre of literary modernism. ¿Paris is a big city,¿ wrote Edmund White, ¿in the sense that London and New York are big cities and that Rome is a village, Los Angeles a collection of villages and Zürich a backwater.¿ This module will look at a range of modernist writers who were active in London or Paris in the first four decades of the twentieth century. We will look at novels, short stories, memoirs, travel writing and poetry and will use the idea of the metropolis to look for patterns of continuity and difference in English literary modernism before 1939.

Supervision

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    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Britton