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Writing Wales in English: Hundred Years of Fiction, A
Stephen Knight
ISBN: 9780708318461 (0708318460)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mai 2004
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 216x138 mm, 222 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Ar gael Ein Pris: £16.99 
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Dadansoddiad manwl o ffuglen Saesneg yng Nghymru yn ystod yr 20fed ganrif, gan archwilio sut y mae llenorion y ganrif wedi ymateb i faterion eu cyfnod, economi a gwleidyddiaeth, bywyd gwledig a diwydiannol, hunaniaeth Gymreig a benywaidd.

A detailed analysis of English-language fiction in Wales during the 20th century, exploring how the century's writers have responded to the issues of their times, economy and politics, rural and industrial life, Welsh and female identity.
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, literary academics are appraising the significance of Welsh writing in English in the literature of Wales. A number of works have already appeared which make a valuable contribution in this field and more are in preparation. The role of fiction and poetry in reflecting attitudes to our past, our cultural attitudes and, very importantly, our interaction with English preconceptions, are of supreme importance and very much grist to the mill of post-modern criticism.
These are all primary concerns which Stephen Knight deals with here. The authors whose works are so perceptively dealt with range from Allen Raine and Joseph Keating to Niall Griffiths, Lewis Davies and Rachel Trezise, a wide timespan indeed.

Despite the fact that the main thrust of the book is literary, Knight sets the writing firmly in the historical context of its period. This becomes particularly valuable when he is dealing with the nineteen-thirties, an extremely important decade in the evolution of what was then referred to as Anglo-Welsh literature. It was the ‘first flowering’ and saw the emergence of Jack Jones, Rhys Davies, Lewis Jones, Gwyn Jones and Glyn Jones, amongst others.

There are a few points in the book where, inevitably perhaps, I failed to agree with the author in his evaluation of certain authors. When he refers to the short stories of Sian James, for example, he states that ‘a few have the tone of an English women’s magazine’, a viewpoint which I cannot go along with. But it seems churlish to criticise such an important and definitive work.

In closing it seems worth quoting the closing sentence: ‘The writers of Welsh fiction in English have constructed a monument to their own persevering commitment and skill, and a living memory of a unique culture for the people of Wales and for anyone around the world who might value a courageous independent and vociferous literature.’

Dewi Roberts

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.

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