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Presences That Disturb - Models of Romantic Identity in the Literature and Culture of the 1790S
Damian Walford Davies
ISBN: 9780708317389 (0708317383)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Gorffennaf 2002
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
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Dadansoddiad trylwyr o hunaniaeth llenyddiaeth Rhamantaidd yng nghyd-destun ymatebion personol, gwleidyddol a diwylliannol ar droad yr 19eg ganrif, yn cynnwys astudiaeth benodol o gyfraniad Cymru, yn arbennig ardal dyffryn Gwy, i ddatblygiad y llenyddiaeth hwn. 9 llun du-a-gwyn.

A thorough analysis of the identity of Romantic literature in the context of personal, political and cultural responses at the turn of the 19th century, comprising a specific study of the contribution of Wales, in particular the Wye valley, to the development of this literature. 9 black-and-white illustrations.
The canonical literature of the late eighteenth century, that in this book includes works by Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Thelwall and Southey, is often read as a universe in its own right, with the influence upon it of other literary and political writers forgotten in the process of canonical elevation. These forgotten ‘Presences that Disturb’, many of whom were Welsh, are the subject of this book.

For example, the influence of Welsh radicals such as Edward Williams, better known by his bardic name ‘Iolo Morganwg’, and David Williams on the early and more radical persona of William Wordsworth is made via in depth profiles of each writer, together with thematic comparisons of their works. Sometimes this is complemented by detailed textual analysis that, on occasion, feels slightly overdone. There is also a fascinating analysis of the influence on the canonical authors of Welsh history, myth and landscape; particularly that of the Wye Valley, which many of them saw as a surrogate for the pastures of revolutionary France.

The danger of this revisionist approach to the canon is that the presences that disturb are often more interesting than those they disturbed. A worry the author concedes in his ‘Epilogue’ where he seeks to reassure us that ‘the canonical stature of Wordsworth is not . . . usurped or diminished’ by the influences he has discussed. The author is hard on himself here, downplaying his achievement too far.

The erudition and mastery of sources on display are beyond discussion in a short review. Suffice to say that although this is a scholarly text aimed principally at an academic readership, it will still reward the amateur literateur or historian wishing to understand the significant influence the marginalized world of Welsh letters made on the wider literary and political culture of the late eighteenth century.

Paul Frame

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgement should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

Gellir defnyddio’r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatad Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
Presences that Disturb
Models of Romantic Identity in the Literature and Culture of the 1790s
Damian Walford Davies
approx. pp 384 216 x 138mm August 2002 hardback £40.00
ISBN 0-7083-1738-3
Presences that Disturb examines the historical and cultural contexts that determined the Romantic self in a revolutionary decade. It explores the ways in which canonical writers such as Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats, and significant political figures such as John Thelwall imaginatively identified with certain emblematic presences – from the Dark Age hermit-king Tewdrig to the Polish patriot general Kosciusko and the Welsh jacobin bard Edward Williams – as instructive models and haunting second selves. Addressing recent new historicist critiques, this highly original analysis of Romantic identity discusses both the subtle ways in which these crucial but neglected presences inhabit literary texts and their broader cultural impact.
Damian Walford Davies offers a wholly new perspective on Romanticism by rehistoricizing canonical works in relation to marginalized Welsh figures, narratives and locations. Wales and the ideologically troubling space of the Wye Valley are revealed as sites in which Romanticism came to terms with history. Drawing on a wide range of archival material, Presences that Disturb also enhances our understanding of how a number of cultural voices and discourses, from antiquarianism and Bardism to topographical description, county history and the tour, determined the shape of canonical Romanticism.
Damian Walford Davies is Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and the author of numerous articles on Romantic literature and Welsh writing in English. He has published an edition of the poetry of William Wordsworth and is currently editing two volumes of critical essays, one on the poetry of R. S. Thomas and the other on the influence of Romanticism on twentieth-century literature.
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