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Title: Postcolonialism revisited : the challenging case of Welsh writing in English
Author: Bohata, K.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2003
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This study considers how far some of the paradigms of postcolonial theory may be usefully adopted and adapted in order to provide an illuminating reading of Welsh writing in English. The introduction considers Wales's colonial/postcolonial status, and the first chapter discusses the construction of Wales as a colonised nation as it appears in writing (in both Welsh and English) of the 1950s and 1960s, with special reference to policies of afforestation in the Welsh uplands, including a discussion of the rhetoric of the Forestry Commission. The second chapter discusses recuperative feminist projects in Wales, and focuses on the fin de siécle, highlighting women's imperial roles as missionaries, but mainly focusing on women's engagement with, and the interaction between, discourses of nationalism, feminism and imperialism. The position of the Welsh (as authors, readers and textual constructions) as 'outsiders inside' is explored in the third chapter, which highlights the interpenetrations of discourses of race, degeneration, gender and pathology as they occur in Welsh writing in English. The penultimate chapter considers how a postcolonial understanding of linguistic power-struggles may be useful to Wales and focuses on the literary device of code-switching. The final chapter discusses the value of theories of hybridity in illuminating Welsh cultural experiences of assimilation and alterity.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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