Diversity and Unity
Distributed for University of Wales Press
The literary and artistic work of David Jones (1895-1974) is characterized by its diversity and complexity, yet, at the same time, it demonstrates a powerful impulse towards unification. David Jones: Diversity in Unity demonstrates the coherence of Jones’s work and examines the artistic, psychological and moral impetus behind Jones’s quest for creative and spiritual integration.
This collection brings together literary critics, art historians, writers on philosophy and religion, poets and a calligrapher in an interdisciplinary approach which addresses Jones’s poetry, image-making, culture(s), geography, theology and philosophy. The various essays not only offer new readings of Jones’s published material, but some also examine unpublished letters and manuscripts in order to understand better the extremely varied range of Jones’s literary and artistic production.
David Jones: Diversity in Unity is the only book of critical studies to focus on the interaction of Jones’s verbal and visual art, while at the same time demonstrating the wider cultural significance of his work. The essays are of a high scholarly standard, but are at the same time accessible to the non-specialist and will appeal to readers interested in the literary and artistic history of twentieth-century England and Wales.
“. . . a rich collection of essays on various aspects of David Jones’s writing and painting.” –Western Mail
“. . . will be welcomed . . . This book is accessible enough for non-specialists too . . .” –New Blackfriars
List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
List of Abbreviations
Anne Price-Owen Introduction
Jeremy Hooker, David Jones and the Matter of Wales
William Blissett, The Scapebeast
Thomas Dilworth, David Jones and the Maritain Conversation
Ewan Clayton, The Inscriptions of David Jones
A. C. Everatt, Doing and Making
A. M. Allchin, On Not Knowing Welsh: David Jones and the Matter of Wales
Geraint Evans, Images of National Renewal in ‘The Sleeping Lord’
Anne Price-Owen, Feminist Principles in David Jones’s Art
Derek Shiel, David Jones: Making Space for the Warring Factions
Belinda Humfrey, David Jones and the Ancient Mariner: Diversity in Unity
Tom Goldpaugh, To Make a Shape in Words: The Labyrinthine Text of David Jones
R. S. Thomas, Time’s Disc Jockey