This collection works to rediscover and reassess a host of still little-known, pre-1914, Welsh women writers.
In the last few decades considerable advances have been made towards rediscovering, contextualising, and analysing women’s writing from Wales. The combined influences of the post-1960s women’s movement, the 1990s Welsh devolution successes, and the development of the ‘Four Nations’ school of British literary criticism, have together effected significant advances in the field of Welsh feminist literary studies. This book focuses in particular on: the fifteenth- to eighteenth-century Welsh-language bards, such as Gwerful Mechain, Angharad James, and Marged Dafydd; the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English-language poets, including Katherine Philips, Jane Brereton, Anne Penny, and Anne Hughes; contributors to the Romantic movement in Wales, such as the poets and novelists Mary Robinson and Ann of Swansea; the mid-nineteenth-century protesting voice of polemicists such as Jane Williams (Ysgafell); the Victorian English-language novelists, for example Louisa Matilda Spooner, Anne Beale, Amy Dillwyn, Allen Raine, and Mallt Williams, and their concern with national, class, and gender identities; and early twentieth-century Welsh-language writers engaged with Welsh Home Rule and women’s suffrage issues, such as Gwyneth Vaughan and Eluned Morgan.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Women's Writing.
1. Problems of Authorship and Attribution: The Welsh-language Women’s Canon Before 1800
Cathryn A. Charnell-White
2. Cambrian Bards and Antiquarian Romantics: Anglophone Women Poets from Eighteenth-Century Wales
3. "Local and Contemporary": Reception, Community and the Poetry of Ann Julia Hatton ("Ann of Swansea")
4. "At Once Illogical and Unfair": Jane Williams (Ysgafell) and the Government Report on Education in Mid Nineteenth-Century Wales
Gwyneth Tyson Roberts
5. Adapting the Risorgimento: Ideas of Liberal Nationhood in L. M. Spooner’s Country Landlords (1860)
6. "Our Poor Land of Wales": National Identity and National Heroism in Women’s Historical Fictions
7. Welsh Women’s Industrial Fiction 1880–1910
Kirsti Bohata and Alexandra Jones
8. Gwyneth Vaughan, Eluned Morgan and the Emancipation of Welsh Women
Rosanne Reeves and Jane Aaron
This series explores a wide range of women’s writing from across the world, spanning several centuries up to the First World War. Each volume consists of a collection of essays focusing on a specific theme, time-period, genre, or author, ranging from the canonical to lesser-known and neglected writers. These books will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of literature and history, as well as for more general readers with an interest in historical women writers and their work.