Over the two decades, CREW has, through its PhD programme, trained a talented generation of new scholars, several of whom have gone on to publish articles and books in the field of Welsh Writing in English.
Current and Recent PhD Topics:
Clare Davies: Tradition and Tragedy in the Work of T. S. Eliot, Raymond Williams, and Cornel West
Daniel Gerke: Raymond Williams and European Thought
Adrian Osbourne: The Fifth Notebook of Dylan Thomas
Alexandra Jones: Disability in Coalfields Literature: A Comparative Study c. 1880-1948 (Completed 2016)
Charlotte Jackson: Reservoirs and Reservations: Imagining 'Indians' in Welsh Writing in English (Completed 2015)
Georgia Burdett: Representing Disability in Contemporary Welsh Writing in English: apathy, empathy, evolution (Completed 2014)
Kieron Smith: BBC Wales and National Culture: The Poetry and Documentary Films of John Ormond (Completed 2014)
Gareth Evans: Welsh Writing in English: Case Studies in Cultural Interaction (Completed 2013)
Sarah Morse: The Black Pastures: the significance of landscape in the work of Gwyn Thomas and Ron Berry (Completed 2010)
Louise Parker: Shadows, Struggles and Poetic Guilt: Glyn Jones 1905-1995 (Completed 2010)
Past subjects covered have included:
- Autobiographical writings in Wales
- Studies of figures (such as Aneirin Talfan Davies) seminal to the development of a bridge between the Welsh and English language cultures of Wales.
- The social and cultural dimensions of the twentieth-century English-language theatre of Wales
- The construction of masculinity in Wales’s English-language fiction of the first half of the twentieth century.
- The study of ‘elective’ Welsh writers such as Robert Graves.
- The cultural constructions of place in twentieth-century Welsh Writing in English.
- The dialogue between English-language poetry and the Welsh-language poetic tradition.
- The cultural dynamics of Emyr Humphreys’ fiction.
- A review of the history of Wales’ English-language literature through the lens of writing produced in the region of Neath-Afan.
- An exploration of Welsh Writing in English in the light of the paradigms developed by Postcolonial studies.