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The Fiction of Emyr Humphreys

Contemporary Critical Perspectives

Emyr Humphreys, born in 1919, is one of the most prolific and significant modern Welsh writers. Generally rooted in North Wales, his fiction provides fresh insights into modern Welsh history, nonconformity, and globalization. This pioneering book explores Humphreys’s work from a range of contemporary critical perspectives and stresses its relevance to the twenty-first century. Through readings that highlight such subjects as gender identity, familial relationships, war, pacifism, and otherness, Linden peach argues that Humphrey’s work is best understood as dramatic, dissident, or dilemma fiction.

252 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2011

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“Linden Peach has achieved a rare thing: an engrossing, accessible book that will be relished by students and academics alike. Emyr Humphreys’s pre-eminence as a writer of fiction in Wales over the last sixty years is undisputed. Peach conveys the sheer vibrancy of Humphreys’s ‘dissident prose’ with infectious enthusiasm, while at the same time providing a masterclass in reading his novels with reference to contemporary literary theories.”

Kristi Bohata, Swansea University

Table of Contents

General Editor’s Preface
Note on Editions of Works by Emyr Humphreys

Part One: Frames and Contexts
1. Humphreys’s Life and Works
2. What Kind of Fiction?
3. History, Space and Progress
4. Bodies in Time: Psychoanalytic Contours
5. Women, Feminism and Post-feminism
Part Two: Readings
6. Resistance, Gender and Performative Identity: A Man’s Estate
7. Contested Masculinities: A Toy Epic
8. Time and Being: Outside the House of Baal
9. Land of the Living and Epic Theatre
10. Warring Families: Unconditional Surrender and The Gift of a Daughter
11. Strangers in a Strange Land: Natives, Ghosts and Strangers and Old People are a Problem
12. Intimate Strangers: The Shop
13. Independence, Globalism and Nonconformity: The Woman at the Window
14. Afterword

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