Queer Wales

The History, Culture and Politics of Queer Life in Wales

Edited by Huw Osborne

Queer Wales

Edited by Huw Osborne

Distributed for University of Wales Press

352 pages | 5 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $60.00 ISBN: 9781783168637 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
The relationship between the idea of the nation and queer sexuality has long been a fraught one, for the sustaining myths of the former are often at odds with the needs of the latter. Queer Wales is a collection of multidisciplinary essays that introduces readers to important historical and cultural figures and moments in queer life in Wales from the eighteenth century to the present. The book considers literature, art history, film, television, drama, crime, motherhood, and education, among other topics, and addresses some of the urgent questions of queer belonging that face Wales today.
 
Contents
Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations and Figures
Notes on Contributors
Introduction
   Huw Osborne
 
I. The Queer Past before 1900
 
1. Queer Loss: Felicia Hemans, (Trans)nationalisms and the Welsh Bard
   Daniel Hannah
 
2. ‘Gender difference is nothing’: Cranogwen and Victorian Wales
   Jane Aaron
 
3. ‘Please don’t whip me this time’: The Passions of George Powell of Nant-Eos
   Harry Heuser
 
4. From Huw Arwystli to Siôn Eirian: Representative Examples of Cadi/Queer Life from Medieval to Twentieth-century Welsh Literature
   Mihangel Morgan
 
II. Placing Queer Wales after 1900
 
5. ‘A queer kind of fancy’: Women, Same-sex Desire and Nation in Welsh Literature
   Kirsti Bohata
 
6. ‘Not friends / But fellows in a union that ends’: Associations of Welshness and Non-heteronormativity in Edward Thomas
   Andrew Webb
 
7. Fairy-tale Drag and the Transgender Nation in Rhys Davies, Erica Wooff and Jan Morris
   Huw Osborne
 
III. Building Queer Wales Post-Devolution
 
8. Lesbian Motherhood in the South Wales Valleys: A Narrative Exploration
   Alys Einion
 
9. Living in Fear: Homophobic Hate Crime in Wales
   Matthew Williams and Jasmin Tregidga
 
10. Heb Addysg, Heb Ddawn (Without Education, Without Gift): LGBTQ Youth in Educational Settings in Wales
   John Sam Jones
 
IV. Performing Contemporary Queer Wales
 
11. Omnisexuality and the City: Exploring National and Sexual Identity through BBC Wales’ Torchwood
   Rebecca Williams and Ruth McElroy
 
12. Queer/Welsh and Welsh/Queer: Performing Hybrid Wales
   Stephen Greer
 
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
 
Review Quotes
Daniel G. Williams, Swansea University
“’Groundbreaking’ may be an overused term, but it is the most appropriate description of Queer Wales. Expertly edited and engagingly introduced by Huw Osbourne, this collection of essays is a major contribution to Welsh cultural studies. It constitutes an act of excavation in its tracing of a Welsh ‘queer history’, but the volume does not only construct a tradition of queer writing in Wales. It offers also a far-reaching analysis of that tradition by means of a series of stimulating chapters. Queer Wales is the most wide-ranging contribution that we have yet had to that tradition, which offers a magnificent foundation for further explorations of this rich and diverse field.”
 
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