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Women’s Writing from Wales before 1914

1st Edition

Edited by Jane Aaron


160 pages

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Hardback: 9780367353483
pub: 2019-10-20
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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.

Table of Contents


Jane Aaron

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

Sarah Prescott

3. "Local and Contemporary": Reception, Community and the Poetry of Ann Julia Hatton ("Ann of Swansea")

Elizabeth Edwards

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)

Rita Singer

6. "Our Poor Land of Wales": National Identity and National Heroism in Women’s Historical Fictions

Diana Wallace

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

About the Editor

Jane Aaron is Emeritus Professor at the University of South Wales, UK. Herpublications include A Double Singleness: Gender and the Writings of Charles and Mary Lamb (1991), Pur fel y Dur: Y Gymraes yn Llên Menywod y Bedwaredd Ganrif ar Bymtheg [Pure as the Steel: The Welshman in the 19th Century Women's Literature] (1998), Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing in Wales (2007), and Welsh Gothic (2013). She is also the general editor of Honno Press’s Welsh Women’s Classics series.

About the Series

Historical Women's Writing

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.

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