Welsh Modernism

Daniel G. Williams

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Welsh Modernism

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This article examines the history of Welsh modernism. It attempts to substantiate Gwyn A. Williams' desire for an account of modernism that addresses internal differences. The article suggests that a distinctive Welsh modernism emerged as a belated phenomenon, engaged in infusing high-modernist claims into a subversive internalized modernism. Based on this view, there are two broad patterns in the discussion of Welsh modernism. One is the emergence of Welsh modernism in terms of its European counterparts, and the other is modernist writing in Wales in relation to a broader definition of the modernist project defined in Anglo-American literary terms.

Keywords: Welsh modernism; Gwyn A. Williams; internalized modernism; modernist writing; Anglo-American literature

Article.  9550 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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