Paper $9.95 ISBN: 9780708312650 Published November 1999 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

The Literature of Wales

Dafydd Johnston

The Literature of Wales
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Dafydd Johnston

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145 pages | halftones throughout | 5 x 7 1/2 | © 1994
Paper $9.95 ISBN: 9780708312650 Published November 1999 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
The Literature of Wales provides a concise and informative guide to Welsh literature from the earliest surviving poetry of Taliesin and Aneirin in the sixth century - the oldest attested vernacular literature in Europe. 

The book traces the flowering of medieval Welsh literature and the developments of the Renaissance period in Wales up to the Welsh literary revival of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which also saw the rapid burgeoning of 'Anglo-Welsh' writing - literature in English written out of a Welsh background. It concludes by surveying the contemporary situation in the literatures of both languages. 

Dafydd Johnston here gives a balanced critical assessment relating the literature to its historical background. Numerous extracts translated from Welsh and quotations in English give the general reader a taste of the richness of Welsh literature.
Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements


1. Heroic Poetry
2. Early Medieval Poetry
3. Medieval Prose
4. Medieval Poetry
5. The Renaissance
6. The Eighteenth Century
7. The Victorian Age
8. The Literary Revival of the Early Twentieth Century
9. The Inter-War Years
10. Post-War Literature


Further Reading

Index

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