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The Nations of Wales

1890-1914

Author(s): M. Wynn Thomas

Language: English

Genre(s): Welsh and Celtic Studies Literary Criticism

Series: Writing Wales in English

May 2016384 pages

Hardback - 9781783168378 Paperback - 9781783168385 eBook - epub - 9781783168408 eBook - mobi - 9781783168415 eBook - pdf - 9781783168392

About The Book

Certain simple and stereotypical images of Wales strike an immediate chord with the public, both in Wales itself and beyond its borders. For much of the twentieth century, the country was thought of as ‘The Valleys’, a land of miners and choirs and rugby clubs. This image of a ‘Proletarian Wales’ (with its attendant Socialist politics) dominated popular imagination, just as the image of ‘Nonconformist Wales’ – a Wales of chapels and of a grimly puritan society – had gripped the imagination of the High Victorian era. But what of the Wales of the late Victorian and Edwardian decades? What image of Wales prevailed at that time of revolutionary social, economic, cultural, religious and political change? This book argues that several competing images of Welshness were put in circulation during that time, and proceeds to examine several of the most influential of these as they took the form of literary texts.

'Astudiaeth odidog o'r Gymru ddiwylliannol cyn y Rhyfel mawr. Gwledd o ddarllen hynod ddifyr - a phwysig - o glawr i glawr.' - Dr J Graham Jones, Y Cymro

Contents

1 Emblematizing the nation
2 Performing political identity
3 O.M. Edwards: keeping track of the gwerin
4 Literature and the political nation
5 The Celtic
6 T. Gwynn Jones: the once and future Wales
7 Evan Roberts: The Ghost Dance of Welsh Nonconformity
8 Arthur Machen: border disputes

About the Author(s)

M. Wynn Thomas

M. Wynn Thomas is Emyr Humphreys Professor of English at Swansea University. A Fellow of the British Academy, he has published twenty books on American poetry and on the two literatures of Wales.

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