Gothic Literary Studies: Welsh Gothic
|ISBN: 9780708326077 (0708326072)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Ebrill 2013 |
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, CaerdyddFformat: Clawr Caled, 216x138 mm, 288 tudalen
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Dyma gyfrol sy'n edrych ar y modd y mae Cymru wedi'i chynrychioli mewn llenyddiaeth Gothig oddi ar ddiwedd y ddeunawfed ganrif, a hynny mewn llên Gymraeg a Saesneg.
Drawing upon both Welsh- and English-language materials, Welsh Gothic explores the diverse ways in which Wales has been represented in Gothic literature from the late eighteenth century to the present day.
This is a persuasive and often entertaining study which demonstrates both the abundance of Welsh Gothic writing and its role in reflecting changes in the ways the Welsh have historically seen themselves and been seen by others. The first section provides a chronological account of Welsh Gothic writing from the Romantic period to twenty-first century 'macabre mock-Gothic', while the second examines in detail four key Welsh Gothic figures: the druid, the Welsh witch, the hounds of Annwn and the sin-eater. While the book's main focus is on novels, poems, short stories and plays, it also takes into account examples from films, comics, and pulp and graphic fiction. Aaron draws on an impressive array of sources in both Welsh and English from Wales, England and the United States (which seems to have a particular interest in the figure of the sin-eater), while locating the material firmly in its historical, social, political and religious contexts.
The book's great strength is the way in which detailed analysis of texts is underpinned by post-colonial and psychoanalytic theory, showing how, while early English visitors saw Wales as an example of the Gothically-primitive 'other', Welsh writers used the Gothic as a response both to their awareness of loss and defeat in the past and to their fears for the survival of the Welsh language and traditional culture in the present. Interestingly, it suggests that post-devolution Wales has, and will have, less need to express the sense of powerlessness and of being haunted by recriminatory ghosts from the past which have characterised the history of Welsh Gothic in previous centuries.
This is a clear, detailed and often sardonically entertaining examination of a genre which has previously been ignored by serious criticism but which has much to reveal about the national image and identity of the Welsh people. The book is a valuable contribution to the on-going work of recovering neglected fields of the literature of Wales.
It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.
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Part I. Haunted by History
Chapter 1. Cambria Gothica (1780s-1820s)
i. Romantic tourists in Gothic Wales
ii. In the Devilís Parlour
iii. Acts of Union
iv. Gothic Histories
Chapter 2. An Underworld of Oneís Own (1830s-1900s)
i. The Doom of the Cymry
ii. Embracing the Underworld
iii. Arthur Machenís Underworld in the West
Chapter 3. Haunted Communities (1900s-1940s)
i. The Devil in Zion
ii. Coalfield Gothic
Chapter 4. Land of the Living Dead (1940s-1997)
i. The Return of the Repressed
ii. A Zombie Culture
iii. Border Vampires
Part II. ĎThings that go bump in the Celtic Twilightí
Chapter 5. Witches, Druids and the Hounds of Annwn
i. The Witch as Wise Woman and Avenger
ii. Druid Sacrifice
iii. Hunting with Hellhounds
Chapter 6. The Sin-eater
i. The Historical Sin-eater
ii. The Welsh Sin-eater in Literature
Sin-eating beyond Wales
Jane Aaron, Professor of Literature at the University of Glamorgan, edits Honno Pressís Welsh Womenís Classics series. Her monograph Nineteenth-Century Womenís Writing in Wales won the 2009 Roland Mathias Prize.
Welsh Gothic, the first study of its kind, introduces readers to the array of Welsh Gothic literature published from 1780 to the present day. Informed by postcolonial and psychoanalytic theory, it argues that many of the fears encoded in Welsh Gothic writing are specific to the history of Welsh people, telling us much about the changing ways in which Welsh people have historically seen themselves and been perceived by others. The first part of the book explores Welsh Gothic writing from its beginnings in the last decades of the eighteenth century to 1997. The second part focuses on figures specific to the Welsh Gothic genre who enter literature from folk lore and local superstition, such as the sin-eater, cŵn Annwn (hellhounds), dark druids and Welsh witches.
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