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The Cambridge History of Welsh Literature by Geraint Evans (Swansea University), Helen Fulton (University of Bristol)

The Cambridge History of Welsh Literature

Geraint Evans (Swansea University), Helen Fulton (University of Bristol)

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 18 Apr 2019
ISBN: 9781107106765

A chronological history of the literature of Wales in its two major languages (Welsh and English), this book covers fifteen centuries of literary production from the Middle Ages through to the twenty-first century. It is for researchers of British and Welsh literature. It will also appeal to medievalists.

4 stars out of 5
Roger Lewis
15 May 2019

"superbly researched"

The trouble with classic Welsh literature, as expounded in this magisterial volume, is that on the whole it does lack vibrancy and humour, preferring to be dank and dark. The medieval minstrels, such as Dafydd ap Gwilym, Llywelyn Goch ap Meurig Hen and Bleddyn Fardd, for instance, were grim creatures, banging away in their “frontier world” about heroic defeats, loss of land and princely leaders, and the foggy complexity of feudal dynasties... Though this book lapses into appalling academic jargon (“heteroglossic”; “modern paradigms of cultural theory”; “postcolonial and gendered readings”); and while I would have welcomed a discussion of the importance of Richard Burton and Stanley Baker in the cultural firmament – none the less, it is as crammed with as many riches as a dragon’s cave. Objective, superbly researched, it is the best book ever published about my homeland.

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