Current Series

Welsh-language series details are listed in English at the bottom of the page; to read about them in Welsh, click here.

Series in English

Architecture of Wales The University of Wales Press presents, in collaboration with the Royal Society of Architects in Wales, a series of books exploring the architecture of Wales. Given the conventional image of Wales as a land of song and poetry, architecture and the visual arts can be easily overlooked. In fact, Wales has a rich built heritage, from the medieval to the modern. Its architectural character is very different from that of the other nations of the British Isles, and it is this very distinctiveness that deserves to be celebrated. Relatively little has been published about the architectural heritage of our nation, despite the fact that buildings and places have been created in Wales that bear comparison with contemporaneous examples elsewhere, produced by architects engaged in the same wider cultural currents and discourse.

General editor: Mary Wrenn, Director, Royal Society of Architects in Wales/ Cymdeithas Frenhinol Penseiri yng Nghymru
Series Editors: David Thomas, architect; Jonathan Adams, architect and author.

Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages
Supported by the Vinaver Trust, the series provides a comprehensive and reliable survey of Arthurian writings in all their cultural and generic variety, across the distinctive contributions made to Arthurian Literature by various cultures of medieval Europe. Although the series is primarily aimed at scholars working in the fields covered by each of the volumes, each volume is designed to be accessible to scholars from different fields who wish to learn how Arthurian narratives influenced their own field of enquiry.

Series Editor: Professor Ad Putter, University of Bristol.

French and Francophone Studies
highlights shifting patterns of research in French and francophone studies, to re-evaluate traditional representations of French and francophone identities, and to encourage a range of ideas and perspectives across a wide range of disciplines. The emphasis throughout the series will be on the ways in which French and francophone communities across the world are evolving in the twenty-first century.

Series Editors: Professor Claire Gorrara, Cardiff University, and Professor Hanna Diamond, Cardiff University.

Gender Studies in Wales
This multi-disciplinary and bilingual series explores the characteristics and effects of gender difference in Wales, both as it affected lives in the past and as it continues to shape present-day experience. Socially constructed concepts of masculinity and femininity influence and shape every aspect of individuals’ lives; experiences in employment, in education, in culture and politics, as well as in personal relationships. Gender also intersects with other identities including race, class, (dis)ability, sexuality and nation in framing experiences and representations of individuals and groups. To date, the series has published important contributions addressing these concerns in literature, social studies and history that have enriched this growing academic field. The editors would particularly welcome ground breaking studies which engage with contemporary theories of gender, identity and intersectionality relating to Wales in all its diversity.

Series Editors: Dr Dawn Mannay, Cardiff University; Dr Rhiannon Marks, Cardiff University; Professor Diana Wallace, University of South Wales; Dr Stephanie Ward, Cardiff University; Dr Sian Rhiannon Williams, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Gothic Authors: Critical Revisions
is dedicated to publishing innovative introductory guides to writers of the Gothic. The series explores how critical approaches and perspectives can help us recontextualise an author’s work in a way that is both accessible and informative. The series publishes work that is of interest and value to students at all levels and to teachers of literary Gothic and cultural history.

Series Editors: Professor Andrew Smith, Sheffield University, and Professor Benjamin F. Fisher, University of Mississippi.

Gothic Literary Studies
is dedicated to publishing ground-breaking scholarship on Gothic literature and film, and to promoting challenging and innovative approaches to Gothic which question the traditional or perceived critical orthodoxy of a genre which plays an important role in understanding literary, intellectual and cultural histories. Volumes in the series explore how issues such as gender, religion, nation and sexuality have shaped our view of the Gothic tradition, and are informed by the latest developments in critical theory.

Series Editors: Professor Andrew Smith, Sheffield University, and Professor Benjamin F. Fisher, University of Mississippi.


Horror Studies is the first book series exclusively dedicated to the study of the genre in its various manifestations – from fiction to cinema and television, magazines to comics, and extending to other forms of narrative texts such as video games and music. Horror Studies raises the profile of Horror, furthering its academic institutionalisation by providing a publishing home for cutting-edge research. As an established series within the Cultural Studies and Literary Criticism programme, Horror Studies expands the field in innovative and student-friendly ways.

Series Editors: Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes, Reader in English Literature and Film at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Iberian and Latin American Studies
provides a contextual and disciplinary approach to the study of the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds across a broad range of cultural production including literature, film, music, dance and sport, in Spanish, Portuguese, Basque, Catalan, Galician and indigenous languages of Latin America. The series also aims to cover history and politics as well as cultural studies by examining the shifting terrains of gender, sexual, racial and postcolonial identities in those same regions.

Series Editors: Professor David George, Emeritus Professor, Swansea University and Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds; Professor Paul Garner, Emeritus Professor, University of Leeds and Professor/Investigador Invitado, El Colegio de México (2013)


International Law
This series aims to capture dynamic and cutting-edge research in international law, with a strong focus on legal theory in international law. Proposals are welcome from any sub-field in broadly-defined international law.

Series Editors: Professor Diane Marie Amann, University of Georgia, USA, and Professor Yvonne McDermott, Swansea University, UK

Iolo Morganwg and the Romantic Tradition in Wales
This series critically re-evaluates the life, ideas and writings of Iolo Morganwg (Edward Williams, 1747–1826), the most extraordinary figure in the entire cultural history of Wales.

General Editor: Professor Geraint H. Jenkins, former Director of CAWCS.


International Crime Fictions  examines traditions and trends in crime fiction, providing introductory guides to the crime writing traditions that have developed in specific European nations or regions. Each volume is designed to cover key authors, movements and debates within a particular culture and their relationship to wider social and political trends. Each title contains extracts from significant texts in English translation, while an annotated bibliography will direct readers to further secondary sources. The series fills a gap in the secondary material available to students and teachers of crime fiction by highlighting the European dimension of what is often considered an Anglo-American genre.

Series Editors: Professor Claire Gorrara, Cardiff University; Professor Shelley Godsland, University of Amsterdam; Professor Giuliana Pieri, Royal Holloway, University of London

Intersections in Liter ature and Science 
aims to produce innovative scholarship within the broad field of academic study known as literature and science. It investigates the important and ongoing contribution to understanding our world made jointly by writers and scientists through interrogation of historical interconnections, from the sixteenth century to the present day, between imaginative literature and scientific and technological discovery and innovation. The books in the series reveal not only how closely allied literature and science were, and still are, but also bring to our attention their vital positions in constructing past and present social and cultural worlds as well as individual and national identities.

Series Editors: Professor Ruth Robbins, Leeds Beckett University and Professor Susan Watkins, Leeds Beckett University.


Literary Geography: Theory and Practice provides a home for innovative work which integrates and expands on the field’s origins in human geography and literary studies. The series showcases new work on the framing, subject matter, historiography, methods, innovations and futures of literary geography.

Series editors: Sheila Hones, The University of Tokyo and Swansea University; James Thurgill, The University of Tokyo, Japan


Lives and Beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians This new series on ancient Egypt foregrounds the Egypt Centre at Swansea University’s extensive collection of artefacts. Individual titles will explore the lives and beliefs of the ancient Egyptians and will be thematically wide-ranging, discussing demons of the underworld, spirits of the deceased, and the beliefs and practices of the common people in ancient Egypt as well as those of its kings. Written in an accessible way and fully illustrated, the series will offer an insight into the everyday lives of the people of this fascinating period of history.

Series Editor: Dr Carolyn Graves-Brown, Curator of the Egypt Centre, Swansea University.

Materialities in Anthropology and Archaeology
offers a timely investigation into the material world and the place of peoples within it. While traditional theories of materiality have focused on how objects shape the lives of people, this series (situated in the New Materialities) aims instead to demonstrate how the world is comprised of assemblages of interacting materials, thus to demonstrates the constitutive and agential role of matter in the formation of material worlds.

Click here to view Materialities in Anthropology and Archaeology series flyer.

Series Editors: Luci Attala and Louise Steel, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.


Medieval Animals This series explores the historical and cultural impact of animals in the medieval period, with the aim of developing new insights, analysing cultural, social and theological tensions, and revealing their remarkable resonances in our contemporary world. Titles in the series investigate ideas about animals in medieval Europe, from the fifth to the sixteenth century – medieval thought on animals benefited from a rich classical inheritance, and some attitudes towards animals that we might consider as having characterised the Middle Ages persisted up to the Enlightenment era, and even to the present day.

Series editors: Dr Diane Heath, Canterbury Christ Church University, and Dr Victoria Blud, University of York

New Approaches to Celtic Religion and Mythology 
fills a gap in existing literature for scholarly, authoritative, yet accessible books on Celtic Religion and Mythology by providing a forum for the best recent research on the subject. Titles in the series centre on the early religious culture of Celtic Europe, a subject of great importance for European history, and consider the extent to which Christian literature allows us to reconstruct the pre-Christian, which  remains one of the dominant controversies of Celtic Studies into the twenty-first century.

Series Editor: Dr Jonathan Wooding, Professor of Celtic Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia.

New Century Chaucer
The works of Geoffrey Chaucer remain the most-studied literary texts of the medieval period; indeed, Chaucer is often the only medieval author to whom many literature students are exposed. The series fills a gap in the market for user-focused editions and studies of Chaucerian works which combine new scholarship with accessible texts and purpose-built editions and translations, accompanied by stimulating studies introducing the latest research ideas. It is targeted towards twenty-first century students and scholars whose training and research interests have been shaped by new media, interdisciplinarity and a broad-based curriculum.

Series Editor: Professor Helen Fulton, University of Bristol, and Professor Ruth Evans, Saint Louis University.


New Dimensions in Science Fiction aims to capture the dynamic, global and media-spanning dimensions of SF storytelling and criticism by providing a venue for scholars from multiple disciplines to explore their ideas about the necessary relations of science and society as expressed in SF.

Series Editors: Professor Pawel Frelik, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University and Professor Patrick B. Sharp, California State University

Political Philosophy Now
 examines contemporary and historical theories in political philosophy to explore their relevance to current debates on a spread of subjects and points of view from various traditions, which include European and New World debates in political philosophy.

Series Editor:  Howard Williams, Honorary Distinguished Professor, Cardiff University, and Professor Emeritus at Aberystwyth University

The Public Law of Wales 
In the wake of the new legislative powers given to the National Assembly for Wales, the law applicable in Wales on devolved matters will become increasingly divergent from that in England. Lawyers and law students in Wales (and in certain parts of England) will therefore  need to be able to identify and access the relevant law for Wales. For the first time ever, the series will provide much-needed books providing a comprehensive examination and presentation of Welsh law: what that law is and how it differs from the law applicable in England, to meet the needs of Welsh lawyers and those currently practising within the devolved environment, as well as students and teachers.

Series Editor: Professor Thomas Glyn Watkin, former First Welsh Legislative Counsel, Assembly Government; Professor of Law and Head of Bangor Law School;  Professor of Law, Cardiff Law School.

Religion and Culture in the Middle Ages
  explores the interface between medieval religion and culture by forefronting studies which engage with works that significantly contributed to the shaping of medieval culture, but also looks at works which have hitherto received scant attention by scholars of the medieval period. The series encourages an interdisciplinary approach and investigates the European Middle Ages from c.500 to c.1500, reflecting the diversity of this cultural period by exploring a broad range of themes such as theology, history,philosophy and literature.

Series Editors: Professor Diane Watt, University of Surrey, and Professor Denis Renevey, University of Lausanne.


Rethinking the History of Wales This series aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the history of Wales by introducing particular periods and themes in ways that challenge established interpretations. Whether by offering new perspectives on familiar landmarks in the historiographical landscape or by venturing into previously uncharted terrain, the volumes, each written by a specialist in the field, will provide concise and selective surveys that highlight areas of debate rather than attempting to achieve comprehensive coverage. The series will thus encourage an engagement with diverse understandings of the Welsh past and thus with its continuing – and sometimes contested – significance in the present day.

Series Editors: Professor Paul O’Leary and Professor Huw Pryce

Scientists of Wales
provides scholarly yet accessibly written books on Welsh scientists who have made a major and significant contribution to scientific developments and innovation. Historically, there has been a tendency to confine the perception of Welsh culture to that encompassed by its writers, its poets, its musicians and its theologians; this series redresses that perception and demonstrates the very significant contribution of its scientists on a global scale. Titles are biographical, written by authorities on their subjects in a way that is lively and accessible, looking at the people behind the science. The scientific content is explained clearly in a way that is within the reach of readers with little or no knowledge of science.

Series Editors: Professor Gareth Ffowc Roberts, Bangor University; Professor John V. Tucker, Swansea University; Professor Iwan Rhys Morus, Aberystwyth University.

Studies in Visual Culture
provides a forum for ground-breaking enquiry into visual-cultural production in its social, historical and cultural contexts, placing particular emphasis on the exchanges, transactions and diplacements that link Europe to wider global contexts across the visual-cultural field. The series promotes critical engagement with visual media as ideological and cultural as well as aesthetic constructs by exploring a range of subjects including cultural history, literary production and criticism, philosophy, gender and sexuality, journalism and media studies, migration and mobility studies, social sciences and politics.

Series Editors: Professor Margaret Topping (Queen’s University, Belfast), Professor Rachael Langford (Oxford Brookes University), Professor Giuliana Pieri (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Studies in Welsh History
 Founded in 1977, the primary aim of this series is to serve historical scholarship and to encourage the study of Welsh history. Volumes within the series include research on the political, social and economic history of Wales.

Series Editors: Professor Ralph Griffiths, Swansea University; Professor Chris Williams, University College Cork; Dr Eryn White, Aberystwyth University.

Visual Culture of Wales
is based on ground-breaking research undertaken at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies. The series is the first of its kind to explore the development of images and image-making in the broader context of the social, economic and political development of the Welsh nation, from the Celtic Christian period until c.1960.

Series Editor: Professor Geraint H. Jenkins, former Director of CAWCS.

Wales and the French Revolution
A ground-breaking series discussing various aspects of the effect which the French Revolution had on Wales and Welsh culture. A wide range of Welsh material is published here for the first time, from ballads and pamphlets to personal letters and poems, essays, journals, sermons, songs and satires.

Series Editors: Dr Mary-Ann Constantine and Professor Dafydd Johnston, Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS).

Writers of Wales  
A series of critical introductions to the life and work of writers from Wales.

Series Editors: Professor Jane Aaron, University of South Wales; Professor M. Wynn Thomas, Swansea University; Dr Andrew Webb, Bangor University

Writing Wales in English
A series which produces a body of scholarly and critical work that reflects the richness and variety of the English-language literature of modern Wales.

Series Editors: Professor Daniel G. Williams and Professor Kirsti Bohata, Swansea University Founding Editor: Professor M. Wynn Thomas, Swansea University

Click here to view Writing Wales in English series flyer

Series in Welsh

Details of Welsh-language series are listed below. To browse books in Welsh click here.

Dawn Dweud  A Welsh-language series of literary biographies, in which a critical discussion is presented on an author’s work, career and life, alongside his or her reaction to the surrounding world.

General Editor: Simon Brooks

Y Meddwl a’r Dychymyg Cymreig  This Welsh-language series discusses the themes within Welsh literature and examines the Welsh cultural landscape throughout the ages, by interpreting the Welsh imagination and mind in different contexts.

General Editor: Aled Llion Jones, Bangor University

Safbwyntiau: Gwleidyddiaeth · Diwylliant · Cymdeithas  This Welsh-language series discusses and reconsiders subjects which are central to studies on politics, culture and society in Wales and beyond; from fascism to socialism, from ethnicity to sexuality, and from language to religion.

General Editor: Daniel G. Williams, Swansea University