Emyr Humphreys

A Postcolonial Novelist

Diane Green

Emyr Humphreys

Diane Green

Distributed for University of Wales Press

224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2009
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780708322178 Published December 2009 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Emyr Humphreys is perhaps best known for his works of fiction, such as A Toy Epic and Outside the House of Baal, which are important in part because of Humphrey’s ideas about Wales, Welsh history and culture, and the importance of a separate Welsh identity. Here Diane Green explores Humphreys’ practice in light of both his own theories of culture and fiction and from the viewpoint of a variety of models derived from postcolonial theory.


General Editor’s Preface

1.      Postcolonialism and Wales: The Effects of Cultural Imperialism

2.      ‘A serious Welsh novelist’: Redressing the Balance

3.      The Emergence of Humphreys as a Postcolonial Writer

4.      The Consolidation of Strategies in Outside the House of Baal

5.      Strategies of Resistance: the Use of Indigenous Myth

6.      Strategies of Resistance: the Use of Indigenous History in ‘The Land of the Living’ Sequence

7.      Strategies of Resistance: the Use of History in the Independent Novels of the 1980s and 1990s

8.      Monstering and Disabling: Paradigm and Tropes of Dispossession

9.      Post script: Speaking Welsh in English—a Postcolonial Purpose


A Selected Bibliography of Emyr Humphreys’s Fiction and Essays

A Selected Bibliography of Writing on Emyr Humphreys’s Works



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