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Title: Literary geographies in Wales : Welsh writing in English and devolution
Author: Harris, Jamie
ISNI:       0000 0004 6349 4351
Awarding Body: Aberystwyth University
Current Institution: Aberystwyth University
Date of Award: 2017
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Devolution has had a clear impact on contemporary literary production in Wales. To ascertain the specific ways in which literature has been affected by the discourse of devolution, requires an interdisciplinary approach, one that takes into account the ways in which literature can be affected by a complex and still unfolding political event.i While a political scientist might be able to explore a counterfactual approach to devolution, that is, what might have happened were the referendum, held on 18 September 1997, to have returned a different result, literary criticism has no such comparable recourse. As such, any attempt to identify or extricate which of the observable changes in literature in Wales might not have occurred were the 1997 devolution referendum to have returned a different result is problematic.ii So, while it might be interesting to discuss what might have been were the referendum to have returned a different result, this thesis will attempt to focus on the specific changes that have occurred both as a direct consequence of devolution, such as structural changes to the funding and marketing of Welsh literature, as well as more indirect consequences, such as changes to the way in which contemporary Welsh writing in English is discussed in literary criticism (and is also reflective of more general critical trends). It will also present an analysis of post-devolution Welsh writing in English that emphasises the representation (and confluence) of real, diasporic, and fictional Welsh spaces, and encompass a broad range of writers operating within Wales and beyond its borders.
Supervisor: Woods, Timothy ; Alexander, Christopher Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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