Embodying Identity

Representations of the Body in Welsh Literature

Harri Garrod Roberts

Harri Garrod Roberts

Distributed for University of Wales Press

195 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2009
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780708321690 Published September 2009 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Since the time of Freud, our most radical innovators in critical theory have stressed the importance of the body and the means through which it helps to constitute our subjectivity. Exploring some of these debates surrounding the body and assessing its value as a critical concept in both Welsh literary texts in English and the larger discourse surrounding Wales, this volume combines psychoanalysis with more culturally oriented approaches to the body. Harri Garrod Roberts stresses the role of the body in the construction of identity at both a cultural and individual level, contributing to the growing critical literature concerned with identity in a Welsh cultural context.

General Editor's Preface
List of Abbreviations
1   Introduction: Theorizing the Body
2   Class, Nation and Corporeality in the 1847 Blue Books Report
3   The Body and the Book: Caradoc Evan's My People
4   'I give the Border': Beating Evans and Wales
5   'Beating on the jailing slab of the womb': The Alleged Immaturity of Dylan Thomas
6   '[W]hatever / I throw up now is still theirs': Abjection in R.S. Thomas's 'Poetry of Exile'
7   Horror and Wonder: Glyn Jones's The Valley, the City, the Village and Niall Griffith's Grits
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