Emyr Humphreys

Contemporary Critical Perspectives

Linden Peach

Emyr Humphreys
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Linden Peach

Distributed for University of Wales Press

156 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780708322161 Published March 2011 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Emyr Humphreys is a leading Welsh novelist, poet, and author who will celebrate his ninetieth birthday in 2009. This volume is the first book-length study of his work to discuss the principal thematic concerns found in his fiction and criticism in light of contemporary critical concepts such as psychoanalysis and socio-economic change. It offers readers the first discussion of “Land of the Living” and subsequent works such as Old People Are a Problem and constitutes a positive reappraisal of Humphreys’ work, highlighting issues that drive our current critical investigations, such as nationhood and identity, religion and conflict, spirituality, gender issues, and the environment, among other concerns.

Kristi Bohata, Swansea University
“Linden Peach has achieved a rare thing: an engrossing, accessible book that will be relished by students and academics alike. Emyr Humphreys’s pre-eminence as a writer of fiction in Wales over the last sixty years is undisputed. Peach conveys the sheer vibrancy of Humphreys’s ‘dissident prose’ with infectious enthusiasm, while at the same time providing a masterclass in reading his novels with reference to contemporary literary theories.”
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