Edward Thomas and World Literary Studies

Wales, Anglocentrism and English Literature

by Andrew Webb (Author)

Description
Edward Thomas and World Literary Studies offers a revelatory re-reading of Edward Thomas. Adapting Pascale Casanova’s vision of ‘world literature’ as a system of competing national traditions, this study analyses Thomas’s appropriation of Anglocentric British literary culture at key moments of historical crisis in the twentieth century: after the First World War, either side of the Second World War, and with the resumption of war in Ireland in the 1970s. It shows how the dominant assumptions underpinning the discipline of English Literature marginalise the Welshness of Thomas’s work, before combining this revised ‘world literature’ model with fresh archival research to reveal how Thomas’s reading of Welsh culture – its barddas, folk and literary traditions – is central both to his creation of an innovative body of poetry and to his extensive, and relatively neglected, prose. This study is groundbreaking in its contribution to recent debates about devolution and independence for Britain’s constituent nations.
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Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: July 2013
  • English
  • 9780708326237
  • United Kingdom
  • Ebook
  • Primary Price: 24.99 GBP
  • Pages: 288
  • University of Wales Press
  • Publish State: Published
  • Series: Writing Wales in English