Twentieth-Century Autobiography: Writing Wales in English
|ISBN: 9780708318911 (0708318916)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Gorffennaf 2004 |
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, CaerdyddFformat: Clawr Meddal, 216x138 mm, 188 tudalen
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Casgliad o draethodau beirniadol ar fywydau saith llenor Saesneg o'r 20fed ganrif yng Nghymru a dylanwad eu magwraeth ar eu gwaith, sef Ron Berry, B.L. Coombes, Rhys Davies, Margiad Evans, Lorna Sage, Gwyn Thomas a R.S. Thomas.
A collection of critical essays on the lives of seven 20th century English-language writers in Wales and the influence of their upbringing on their work, namely Ron Berry, B.L. Coombes, Rhys Davies, Margiad Evans, Lorna Sage, Gwyn Thomas and R.S. Thomas.
A number of splendid critical works on aspects of both poetry and fiction have been produced by the Welsh presses. Understandably, the emphasis has been on poetry and fiction, but in this important book the Swansea academic Barbara Prys Williams explores the genre of Autobiographical writing.
The author of a memoir, or indeed an autobiographical novel, is inevitably forced at times to confront memories which reawaken the pain of past experience. As someone writing a work of this kind myself at present, I am only too well aware of this. Williams, therefore, takes a comparative approach to her subject through a psychoanalytical perspective.
Certain aspects are particularly apt in terms of mind exploration, including R.S. Thomass relationship with his mother and the resulting unease amounting at times to ferocity in his handling of the female. The author also has valuable things to say concerning Margiad Evans and the considerable effect which the onset of epilepsy had not only on her personality but on her writing. Rhys Daviess Print on a Hares Foot is a further work which Williams deals with and, as one would expect, his homosexuality is discussed within a literary context. Other writers who are dealt with are B.L.Coombes, Ron Berry, Gwyn Thomas and Lorna Sage.
I hope that the author continues to explore autobiographical works in her essays. She could then write about authors not included in this volume. What an abundance of psychoanalytical revelations could arise for a close scrutiny of the two autobiographical titles by Emlyn Williams, for example.
The appeal of this splendid volume should extend beyond narrowly defined academic circles. These essays will compliment and enhance any future reading of the texts concerned.
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 defnyddior adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatad Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
Writing Wales in English
Twentieth Century Autobiography
pp xii188 216x138mm paperback0-7083-1891-6
•General Editors Preface
The writing of good autobiography requires an encounter with oneself that can involve the need to wrestle with potent elements from ones past. In this pioneering work on twentieth-century Welsh autobiography in English, Barbara Prys-Williams traces the fascinating psychological influences which have shaped the consciousness and world views of seven authors, all by birth, or by adoption, Welsh. The study throws intriguing new light on the personalities as well as the work of many figures who occupy a prominent place in the Welsh imagination, including several who may be described as icons of their respective cultures. The comic exuberance of Rhondda-born humorist Gwyn Thomas is shown to have bleak origins: his work is powered by pain. Rhys Davies takes detachment to narcissistic levels, manipulating his own history to cover his tracks. Award-winning feminist Lorna Sage comments with acerbic wit on her northern border upbringing, showing herself to have been deprived of secure psychological boundaries. Miner-writers Ron Berry and B. L. Coombes allow powerful personal drives to shape their stories, one openly, one covertly. Margiad Evans, who loved the southern border country, writes movingly of different phases of life from turbulent adolescence to the process of dying. Poet-priest R. S. Thomas, deeply committed to the ancient heartlands of Wales, uses a virtuoso obliquity in his searingly honest search for self in his poetic autobiography.
Barbara Prys-Williams is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales, at the University of Wales Swansea where she gained a Ph.D. in English. She taught for some twenty years in schools in Britain and abroad. She has published widely on Welsh autobiography in English.
General Editors Preface
List of Abbreviations
2. Hare or Houdini?: Rhys Davies (19011978)
3. Writing it Out: Margiad Evans (19091958)
4. Miners into Writers: B. L. Coombes (18931974) and Ron Berry (19201997)
5. Youve got to Laugh: Gwyn Thomas (19131981)
6. Buried to be Dug Up: R. S. Thomas (19132000)
7. Hacking her way out: Lorna Sage (19432001)
General Editors Preface
The aim of this series is to produce a body of scholarly and critical work that reflects the richness and variety of the English-language literature of modern Wales. Drawing upon the expertise both of established specialists and of younger scholars, it will seek to take advantage of the concepts, models and discourses current in the best contemporary studies to promote a better understanding of the literatures significance, viewed not only as an expression of Welsh culture but also as an instance of modern literatures in English world-wide. In addition, it will seek to make available the scholarly materials (such as bibliographies) necessary for this kind of advanced, informed study.
M. Wynn Thomas,
Director, CREW (Centre for Research into the English Language and Literature of Wales)
University of Wales Swansea
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