Who Speaks for Wales?

Nation, Culture, Identity

Author(s): Raymond Williams
Editor(s): Daniel G. Williams

Language: English

Genre(s): Welsh Interest

  • March 2003 · 288pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Paperback - 9780708317846

About The Book

Who Speaks for Wales? is the first collection of Raymond Williams’ writings on Welsh culture, literature, history and politics. It brings together material that has long been overlooked by commentators on his work, and emphasises both the centrality of his Welshness to his work as a whole, and the continuing relevance of his thought for post-devolution Wales. Daniel Williams’s introduction offers an original reading of Raymond Williams’s career from a Welsh perspective and underlines the ways in which his engagement with Welsh issues makes a significant contribution to contemporary debates on nation, race and class. Who Speaks for Wales? will be essential reading for everyone interested in questions of identity, nationhood and ethnicity in Britain and beyond.


"Anyone interested...in literary-historical criticism from the Left, in the issues of Welshness and of the tradition of a border country with "Yookay" specifically, or in the problems of regional and national identity generally, will want to read Who Speaks For Wales?" Werner Sollors, author. ' Here are two important new books on culture. identity, diversity and social change in Wales, opening up new critical perspectives based on political, demographic, sociological and literary research.' Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 'Skillfully assembled ... invaluable collection ... added bonus of this captivating collection is the elegant and incisive essay with which Daniel Williams introduces the volume. Here, in a sure-footed display of scholarship and engagement ... exceptionally stimulating ... admirable book ... '(Autumn 2003)

About the Author(s)

Raymond Williams

Professor Raymond Williams was a Welsh novelist, academic and critic. His writings on politics, culture, the mass media and literature made significant contributions to the Marxist critique of arts and culture.

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About the Editor(s)

Daniel G. Williams

Daniel G. Williams is Professor of English and Director of the Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales at Swansea University. He is the author of Black Skin, Blue Books: African Americans and Wales (2012) and Ethnicity and Cultural Authority: from Arnold to Du Bois (2006).

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