Eighteenth-Century Writing from Wales

Bards and Britons

Sarah Prescott

Eighteenth-Century Writing from Wales

Sarah Prescott

Distributed for University of Wales Press

224 pages | 5 2/5 x 8 1/2
Paper $13.00 ISBN: 9780708320532 Published February 2009 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Eighteenth-Century Writing from Wales examines Welsh writing in English in the context of recent critical debates concerning the rise of cultural nationalism and the “invention” of Great Britain as a nation in the eighteenth century. This volume represents the first study of Welsh literature in English alongside this literary negotiation of Britishness, and the group of texts discussed provides an important contribution to the ways in which Anglophone literature from and about Wales imagined the nation and its culture in a range of genres including poetry, fiction, and religious writing.


General Editor’s Preface



1. ‘What Foes more dang’rous than too strong Allies?’: The Society of Ancient Britons and Anglo-Welsh Relations in Eighteenth-Century London

2. The Cambrian Muse: Gender, Welsh Identity and Hanoverian Loyalty in the Poems of Jane Brereton (1685-1740)

3. ‘Gray’s Pale Spectre’: Evan Evans, Translation and the Rise of Welsh Bardic Nationalism

4. ‘Cambria Triumphans’: Patriotic Poems of Eighteenth-Century Wales

5. Narrating the Nation: Wales in Eighteenth-Century Fiction




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