Professor M.Wynn Thomas
Professor
English Literature & Creative Writing
Telephone: (01792) 295306

Professor Thomas is Professor of English and holder of the Emyr Humphreys Chair of Welsh Writing in English at Swansea University, having also held Visiting Professorships at the universities of Harvard and Tübingen. He is a specialist in American Poetry and the two literatures of Wales.

Since 2004 he has been Chair of the Welsh Books Council and was also Chair of its English Grants Panel (2004-2016). Previously he had spent five years as a member of the Welsh Arts Council and Chair of the Council's Literature Committee and also served for five years as Chair of the University of Wales Press. In 1996 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, subsequently serving a term as a member of the Academy's Council, and in 2007 was awarded an OBE for services to the two cultures of Wales.

Acting Chair of Yr Academi Gymreig (Welsh Academy of Writers) in the mid-nineties, he was elected a Fellow of the Academi in 2000, and the same year was awarded the highest honour of the National Eisteddfod of Wales. In 2009 he became a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, and currently serves as one of the Society's Vice-Presidents. Following R. S. Thomas’s death in 2000 he was appointed literary executor of the poet’s unpublished estate and arranged the publication of the posthumous collection, Residues.

The latest of his two-dozen scholarly publications (in Welsh as well as in English) include In the Shadow of the Pulpit: Literature and Nonconformist Wales (long-listed, 2011 Welsh Book of the Year; short-listed, Roland Mathias Prize), R. S. Thomas: Serial Obsessive (short-listed, Welsh Book of the Year, 2014) and The Nations of Wales, 1890-1914 (2016).

Publications

  1. All That is Wales: The Collected Essays of M. Wynn Thomas. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
  2. The Nations of Wales, 1890-1914. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
  3. ‘”There’s words”: Dylan Thomas et la langue.’. Cycnos - Lire et Relire Dylan Thomas, ed. Pascale Sardin et Christian Gutleben 31(2), 29-56.
  4. ‘Morgan Llwyd: Tad y Genedl Anghydffurfiol,’. Diwinyddiaeth 65, 30-47.
  5. ‘Gwreiddiau’r Syniad o “Genedl Anghydffurfiol,”’. Cylchgrawn Hanes Y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd/ Historical Society of the Presbyterian Church of Wales 38, 85-104.

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Supervision

  • ‘Necessary Figures? The Idea of the Intellectual in Twentieth Century Wales. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Daniel Williams
    Other supervisor: Prof M.Wynn Thomas
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    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Daniel Williams
    Other supervisor: Prof M.Wynn Thomas