Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9781783162123 Published January 2016 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cloth $145.00 ISBN: 9781783162116 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Wales Unchained

Literature, Politics and Identity in the American Century

Daniel G. Williams

Wales Unchained

Daniel G. Williams

Distributed for University of Wales Press

240 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9781783162123 Published January 2016 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cloth $145.00 ISBN: 9781783162116 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
How do we define Welshness? Does that definition differ from how the concept was defined in the past? And how do those definitions take account of differences of race, class, gender, and language? Wales Unchained takes on these questions, exploring the various categories that have informed, and continue to inform, ideas of Wales and Welshness. Through discussions of such key figures as Rhys Davies, Dylan Thomas, Raymond Williams, Aneurin Bevan, and Gwyneth Lewis, Daniel G. Williams teases out the aesthetic and political implications of varying conceptions of self and community.
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Huw Edwards, journalist, broadcaster and newsreader
“A dazzling read. Williams takes us on a tour which leads to fresh perspectives on Welshness. Familiar themes—language, society, cultural identity—are convincingly reworked. Familiar personalities—Dylan Thomas, Aneurin Bevan—are compellingly redefined. An invaluable guide to the making of the modern Welsh identity.”
Tony Brown, Bangor University
Wales Unchained is an attractive, remarkably well-informed and well-argued collection by one of Wales’s leading scholars in cultural criticism. This book breaks genuine new ground in Welsh and transatlantic studies, both in its approaches and in the depth and detail of its research. While the individual essays draw on a rich variety of theoretical material, the book wears its theory lightly and deserves a readership well beyond the academic world. Anyone interested in the pasts and possible futures of ‘Welshness’ should read this book.”
Luke Gibbons, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
“If James Joyce believed that ‘the best road to Tara is through Holyhead,’ then Daniel G. Williams shows how some of the best roads to Holyhead ran through transatlantic culture. Bringing postcolonial theory, multiculturalism and a series of deep contextual readings to bear on questions of Welsh identity, Williams traces with considerable verve how transatlantic crossings cleared spaces where class and culture, Labourism and nationalism, could meet. In this two-way flow, the complexities of Wales, at once inside and outside metropolitan British culture, also open up roads not taken in contemporary debates, challenging many received critical pieties regarding nation, globalisation and cultural identity.”
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