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Christopher Meredith

The first full-length critical study of the fiction and poetry of Christopher Meredith, this book maps his importance in relation to Welsh writing in English. Diana Wallace surveys all of Meredith’s work, including Shifts, the classic novel of post-industrial Wales; his three other novels, including the historical Griffri; and his four volumes of poetry. Wallace places Meredith’s work in relation to wider discussions of post-industrial, postcolonial, postmodern, and historical fictions outside Wales in order to display his international importance. Combining new research with close textual reading and theoretically informed analysis, this book explores Meredith’s life as a bilingual writer whose work is characterized by its geographical and historical specificity as well as by its concern with universal themes.

224 pages | 11 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018

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"Christopher Meredith is one of Wales’s most gifted writers, and Diana Wallace’s study is an exceptionally erudite and deft analysis of his work to date. Situating Meredith in relation to writers such as James Joyce, Raymond Williams, George Orwell and others, Wallace pursues Meredith’s literary preoccupations across novels and poetry, essays and short stories. This book is a compelling study of an author fascinated by language and translations, history and time, work and gender, place and identity."

Professor Kirsti Bohata, Director of CREW, Swansea University

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