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Author blog: The Algerian War in French/Algerian Writing

Jonathan Lewis introduces his new book, The Algerian War in French/Algerian Writing: Literary Sites of Memory. The Algerian War of Independence (1954–62), which led to the birth of the Algerian nation and marked the end of the French Empire, remains a divisive topic in contemporary France. Characterized as a ‘war without a name’ for decades after

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Author blog: Literary Illumination

Richard Leahy introduces his new book, Literary Illumination: The Evolution of Artificial Light in Nineteenth-Century Literature. It is easy to take artificial illumination for granted in our modern, twenty-first century culture of twenty-four hour supermarkets and brightly-lit roads and streets, yet this technology has only really shaped our lives for the past century and a half

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Author blog: South African Gothic

By Rebecca Duncan, author of South African Gothic: Anxiety and Creative Dissent in the Post-apartheid Imagination and Beyond. Emerging in the shadow of eighteenth-century Enlightenment, as the first shudders of industrialising change were becoming palpable in Britain, Gothic fictions have, over the two hundred and fifty years since the mode’s genesis, tended to proliferate at moments

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UWP’s new address: the University Registry

From August 23rd 2018, the University of Wales Press will be located at the University Registry in Cardiff’s Civic Centre. Our new address is: University of Wales Press University Registry King Edward VII Avenue Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3NS For general enquiries: Telephone: 44 (0) 29 2049 6899 E-mail: press@press.wales.ac.uk The University Registry was built

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Author blog: The Darkening Nation

Ignacio Aguiló introduces his new book, The Darkening Nation: Race, Neoliberalism and Crisis in Argentina. At the turn of the twentieth century, and after a decade of drastic neoliberal reforms, Argentina experienced the worst economic crisis in its history. At the time, half of the population was living in poverty, the unemployment rate was 25% and

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Author blog: Crime, Courts and Community in Mid-Victorian Wales

Rachael Jones introduces her new book, Crime, Courts and Community in Mid-Victorian Wales: Montgomeryshire, People and Places. Montgomeryshire is a marvellous place in which to live. It has a stunning landscape and friendly and welcoming people. It has a fascinating history too – particularly, for me, around the nineteenth century when the rural and agricultural nature of

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Dr Lucia Villares

The University of Wales Press wishes to send its deepest condolences to the family of Dr Lucia Villares, who sadly passed away this week. Dr Villares co-edited Graciliano Ramos and the Making of Modern Brazil: Memory, Politics and Identities, a significant collection of essays in our Iberian and Latin American Studies series, which examines the

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Meic Stephens (1938-2018)

Meic Stephens, who passed away this week, made a huge and vital contribution to the development of the University of Wales Press as both an author and an editor. Along with R. Brinley Jones, he established the pioneering series ‘Writers of Wales’ in 1970, which he edited for over forty years – a period that

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Congratulations to M. Wynn Thomas

The University of Wales Press would like to congratulate Professor M. Wynn Thomas on winning the 2018 Wales Book of the Year Award for Creative Non-Fiction with his book, All That Is Wales: The Collected Essays of M. Wynn Thomas. The Wales Book of the Year Award is presented annually to the best Welsh-language and

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Author blog: Christopher Meredith

Diana Wallace introduces her new book in the Writers of Wales series, Christopher Meredith. The inspiration for this book came out of a kind of joke against myself. Talking to Professor Jane Aaron, one of the editors of the Writers of Wales series, I remarked that it was surely high time for a volume in

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Editor blog: The World of the Newport Medieval Ship

Evan T. Jones introduces the new edited volume, The World of the Newport Medieval Ship: Trade, Politics and Shipping in the Mid-Fifteenth Century. Ships have always played a prominent role in the popular imagination, and not just of seafaring communities. From the Ancient world to modern times, ships were the largest, most expensive and most

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Performing Wales: People, Memory and Place

Lisa Lewis introduces Performing Wales: People: Memory and Place. Performing Wales: People, Memory and Place, begins from the premise that culture can be analysed in terms of performance, and focuses on four distinct areas of Welsh culture – Museum, Heritage, Festival and Theatre – in which performance helps to sustain specific relationships between people, memory

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