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Rediscovering Margiad Evans

Marginality, Gender and Illness

Margiad Evans (1909–58) was an outstanding writer of the Welsh borderlands whose work was widely admired during her lifetime. She wrote novels, short stories, poetry, and autobiographical works of great originality and nuance. Her life was transformed in later years by epilepsy, followed by the diagnosis of a brain tumor that led to her early death. This major volume of essays sets out to rediscover the extraordinary work of Margiad Evans, from her use of folktale and the Gothic to the influence of her epilepsy on her creative work.

226 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2013

Gender Studies in Wales

Literature and Literary Criticism: British and Irish Literature

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“This is an excellent collection of essays on the early twentieth-century writer Margiad Evans, a distinctive and original writer whose talent has been little recognized. The contributors draw on a wealth of undiscovered archival resources in this scholarly and engaging account of many different aspects of her life and work—including her identity as a woman, her epilepsy and medical condition, and her gothic imagination.”

Mary Joannou, Anglia Ruskin University

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors

1. Introduction
      Kirsti Bohata and Katie Gramich
2. The Archivist’s Tale: Primary Sources for the Study of Margiad Evans
      Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan
3. ‘Two Nations at War Within it’: Marriage as a Metaphor for Margiad Evans’s Country Dance (1932)
     Diana Wallace
4. ‘Born to a Million Dismemberments’: Female Hybridity in the Border Writing of Margiad Evans, Hilda Vaughan and Mary Webb
      Lucy Thomas
5. Gothic Borderlands: The Hauntology of Place in the Fiction of Margiad Evans
      Katie Gramich
6. Time, Memory and Identity in the Short Stories of Margiad Evans
      Tony Brown
7. Margiad Evans and Eudora Welty: A Confluence of Imaginations
      M. Wynn Thomas
8. The Apparitional Lover: Homoerotic and Lesbian Imagery in the Writing of Margiad Evans
      Kirsti Bohata
9. A ‘Herstory’ of Epilepsy in a Creative Writer: The Case of Margiad Evans
      A. J. Larner
10. Warding off the Real: The Recreation of Self in Autobiography and A Ray of Darkness
      Karen Caesar
11. ‘The Human Tune’: Margiad Evans and the Frustrating Fifties
      Clare Morgan
12. Margiad Evans: Memory, Fiction and Autobiography
      Sue Asbee
13. ‘Eternity is Now my Mood’: A View of the Later Writings of Margiad Evans
      Moira Dearnley


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