Writing Wales, 1500-1800

The Department of English, Aberystwyth University, and the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Aberystwyth and Bangor) will host a two-day conference on the theme ‘Writing Wales: 1500-1800′ at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, on 3-4 July, 2008.

The conference aims to explore representations of Wales in historical and literary texts written in either Welsh or English between 1500 and 1800. It provides unprecedented opportunity for scholars across disciplines and conventional period demarcations to engage in a discussion of the different ways Wales was “written” in the early modern, eighteenth-century, and early Romantic periods. The conference will generate discussion concerning the broader continuities and/or discontinuities between different periods and different types of writing. Questions raised by the conference will include the existence of similarities and/or dissimilarities between historical and literary treatments of Wales, the way in which identifiable literary and historical narratives of Welsh national consciousness develop over the period span, points of connection and/or dissension between Welsh-language and Anglophone imaginings of Wales, the contribution of women writers to a Welsh national vision, the ways in which religion informs literary and historical treatments of Wales. The conference will also raise broader methodological questions about the extent to which conventional period descriptors – early modern, eighteenth century, Enlightenment, Romanticism – have shaped scholarly treatments of Wales, asking if we should continue to reinforce such period divisions, or start to reconfigure our approach to Wales’s literary and historical past.

Conference Programme

Prof. Geraint H. Jenkins. Director, Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, University of Wales


Thomas Churchyard’s Worthines of Wales (1587)
Dr Liz Oakley-Brown, Department of English and Creative Writing, Lancaster University

George Peele’s Edward I (c.1591)
Alex May, Department of English and Related Literature, University of York

Writing Pembrokeshire in William Browne’s Britannia’s Pastorals (1616)
Dr Stewart Mottram, Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Aberystwyth University

15.00 – 16.30  SESSION 2: EARLY MODERN WALES  

The Bible, print, and national identity in early modern Wales
Dr Eryn White, Department of History and Welsh History, Aberystwyth University

‘Prince of Wales by Cambria’s full consent’? The princedom of Wales as political stage
Marisa R. Cull, Department of English, Ohio State University

The anti-imperial rhetoric of Humphrey Llwyd
Grace Jones, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University

16.30 – 17.30  KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Prof. M. Wynn Thomas, English Department, University of Wales, Swansea

17.30 – 18.30 WINE RECEPTION


Friday 4 July


The dragon in the room: Expressions of loyalty to the British state in eighteenth-century Welsh writing
B. M. Jenkins, Trinity College, University of Oxford

Eighteenth-century poems of Wales
Dr Sarah Prescott, Department of English, Aberystwyth University

Tra llesiol I bob teulu trwy Gymru: Medical and scientific publishing in Wales
Dr Diana Luft, School of Welsh, Cardiff University

12.00 – 13.00  KEYNOTE ADDRESS 
Prof. Jane Aaron, Department of Humanities and Languages, University of Glamorgan

14.00 – 15.00  SESSION 4: ROMANTIC WALES

Writing and rewriting Wales: Iolo Morganwg’s bardic nation
Dr Cathryn A. Charnell-White, Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, University of Wales

Archaeology of a Text: Edward Jones and The Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards
Dr Karen E. Mura, Department of English, Susquehanna University

15.00-15.30  CLOSING WORDS

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