Professor M.Wynn Thomas
Professor
English Literature & Creative Writing
Telephone: (01792) 295306
Room: Office - 213
Second Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus

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 Following R. S. Thomas’s death in 2000 he was appointed literary executor of the poet’s unpublished estate and arranged the publication of the posthumous collection, Residues.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. Thomas, M. 'The Scarlet Woman: Lynette Roberts' (Ed.), Locating Lynette Roberts ‘Always Observant and Slightly Obscure' Cardiff University of Wales Press
  2. Thomas, M., Thomas, M. All That is Wales: The Collected Essays of M. Wynn Thomas Cardiff University of Wales Press
  3. Thomas, M., Thomas, M. The Nations of Wales, 1890-1914 Cardiff University of Wales Press
  4. Thomas, M., Thomas, M. ‘”There’s words”: Dylan Thomas et la langue.’ Cycnos - Lire et Relire Dylan Thomas, ed. Pascale Sardin et Christian Gutleben 31 2 29 56
  5. Thomas, M., Thomas, M. ‘Morgan Llwyd: Tad y Genedl Anghydffurfiol,’ Diwinyddiaeth 65 30 47

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Teaching

  • EN-M46 Locating Wales: comparative perspectives on Welsh Writing in English

    This course aims to develop the comparative approaches to the study of Welsh writing in English. Whereas literary studies have traditionally taken place within national boundaries, this course aims to foster comparative analyses of literature and cultures in the hope that such an approach will shed a new and illuminating light on Welsh literatures and culture. We begin by discussing the methodology and implications of comparative literary studies, before proceeding to look at the strengths and weaknesses of a 'postcolonial' approach to Welsh literature. We will explore cases of interaction between Welsh writers and postcolonial literary traditions. We will then proceed to look at two case studies: Wales and Ireland, and Wales and Afro-America. While the course centers on two case studies, students will be encouraged to pursue their own interests.

Supervision

  • Ethnicity, Tragedy and the Intellectual: T. S. Eliot, Raymond Williams and Cornel West (awarded 2019)

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