Roald Dahl

Wales of the Unexpected

Edited by Damian Walford Davies

Roald Dahl

Edited by Damian Walford Davies

Distributed for University of Wales Press

224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9781783169405 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Roald Dahl: Wales of the Unexpected explores the complex ways in which Roald Dahl engages with Wales—the country of his birth and early life—throughout his work. The contributors reveal how both Dahl’s books for children and his fiction for adults can illuminatingly be read in terms of their author’s Anglo-Welsh identity. As a result, a new picture of Dahl emerges. Relocated through a Welsh lens, ‘the world’s number one storyteller’ appears in a convincing new light.
 
Contents
Acknowledgements
List of contributors
 
1 Introduction: Defamiliarising Dahl
Damian Walford Davies
 
2 Inscription and Erasure: Mining for Welsh Dahl in the Archive
Carrie Smith
 
3 How Sweet Was My Valley: Willy Wonka and the Welsh Industrial Novel
Tomos Owen
 
4 Wales of the Unexpected: Kiss, Kiss
Kevin Mills
 
5 Homes, Horizons and Orbits: Welsh Dahl and the Aerial View
Richard Marggraf Turley
 
6 Dahl and Dylan: Matilda, ‘In Country Sleep’ and Twentieth-century Topographies of Fear
Damian Walford Davies
 
7 ‘There is Something Very Fishy about Wales’: Dahl, Identity, Language
Ann Alston and Heather Worthington
 
8 Dahl-in-Welsh, Welsh Dahl: Translation, Resemblance, Difference
Siwan M. Rosser
 
9 Dahl’s Cardiff Spaces
Peter Finch
 
Index
 
Review Quotes
David Rudd, University of Roehampton
“Through the powerfully formative lens of Wales, the essays in this highly original and imaginative collection demonstrate the extent to which Dahl’s later development, as both writer and person, was shaped by his Welsh upbringing.”
 
Donald Sturrock, Storyteller: The Life of Roald Dahl
“An intriguing and readable collection of essays that shines remarkable light into Roald Dahl’s complex and unexpected Welsh hinterland.”
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