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Poetry, Geography, Gender

Women Rewriting Contemporary Wales

Poetry, Geography, Gender explores how questions of place, identity, and creative practice intersect in the work of some of Wales’s best-known contemporary poets, including Gillian Clarke, Gwyneth Lewis, Ruth Bidgood, and Sheenagh Pugh. Alice Entwistle illustrates how each writer’s relationship with her complex cultural hinterland—its languages, history, and imaginative and political geography—is staged and tested in the kinds of poems that each poet writes, as well as what she writes about. In doing so, Entwistle proposes a new way of reading both poetry and place, arguing that the Wales represented, in and through their choices of form and language, is precisely the kind of dynamic, outward-looking, and culturally confident nation that theorists of devolution and the fin de siècle might have envisioned.

302 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2013

Gender Studies in Wales

Literature and Literary Criticism: British and Irish Literature

Women's Studies

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“A worthy addition to the Gender Studies in Wales series and also an important work of scholarship in its own right. . . . [It] provides both literary insights and a fine model of scholarship to students of poetry in Wales and beyond.”

Steven Lovatt, Bristol University | New Welsh Review

Table of Contents





1              On the Border(s): The Interstitial Poetries of the Contact Zone

2              ‘Not without strangeness’: Ruth Bidgood’s Unhomely Mid Wales

3              Frontier Country: Christine Evans

4              ‘A kind of authentic lie’: Gwyneth Lewis’s English-Language Sequences

5              Traverses: Gillian Clarke, Christine Evans, Catherine Fisher and Ireland/Wales

6              Wales and/or Thereabouts: Sheenagh Pugh, Wendy Mulford and Zoë Skoulding




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