Author: Stewart Mottram
Category: Literary Criticism
View: 3603Writing Wales explores representations of Wales in English and Welsh literatures written across a broad sweep of history, from the union of Wales with England in 1536 to the beginnings of its industrialization at the turn of the nineteenth century. The collection offers a timely contribution to the current devolutionary energies that are transforming the study of British literatures today, and it builds on recent work on Wales in Renaissance, eighteenth-century, and Romantic literary studies. What is unique about Writing Wales is that it cuts across these period divisions to enable readers for the first time to chart the development of literary treatments of Wales across three of the most tumultuous centuries in the history of British state-formation. Writing Wales explores how these period divisions have helped shape scholarly treatments of Wales, and it asks if we should continue to reinforce such period divisions, or else reconfigure our approach to Wales' literary past. The essays collected here reflect the full 300-year time span of the volume and explore writers canonical and non-canonical alike: George Peele, Michael Drayton, Henry Vaughan, Katherine Philips, and John Dyer here feature alongside other lesser-known authors. The collection showcases the wide variety of literary representations of Wales, and it explores relationships between the perception of Wales in literature and the realities of its role on the British political stage.
A Study of the Principal Sources
Author: Sally Harper
View: 5216Music in Wales has long been a neglected area. Scholars have been deterred both by the need for a knowledge of the Welsh language, and by the fact that an oral tradition in Wales persisted far later than in other parts of Britain, resulting in a limited number of sources with conventional notation. Sally Harper provides the first serious study of Welsh music before 1650 and draws on a wide range of sources in Welsh, Latin and English to illuminate early musical practice. This book challenges and refutes two widely held assumptions - that music in Wales before 1650 is impoverished and elusive, and that the extant sources are too obscure and fragmentary to warrant serious study. Harper demonstrates that there is a far wider body of source material than is generally realized, comprising liturgical manuscripts, archival materials, chronicles and retrospective histories, inventories of pieces and players, vernacular poetry and treatises. This book examines three principal areas: the unique tradition of cerdd dant (literally 'the music of the string') for harp and crwth; the Latin liturgy in Wales and its embellishment, and 'Anglicised' sacred and secular materials from c.1580, which show Welsh music mirroring English practice. Taken together, the primary material presented in this book bears witness to a flourishing and distinctive musical tradition of considerable cultural significance, aspects of which have an important impact on wider musical practice beyond Wales.
Author: Angharad Price
Publisher: MacLehose Press
View: 9109In the early years of the last century, Rebecca is born into a rural community in the Maesglasau valley in Wales; her family have been working the land for a thousand years, but the changes brought about by modernity threaten the survival of her language, and her family's way of life. Three of her siblings are afflicted with a genetic blindness, and it is they who have the opportunity to be educated elsewhere and to find work, while Rebecca and her remaining brother maintain the family farm amidst a gradual influx of new technologies, from the waterpipe to the tractor and telephone, and ultimately to television. Rebecca's reflections on the century are delivered with haunting dignity and a simple intimacy, while her evocation of the changing seasons and a life that is so in tune with its surroundings is rich and poignant. The Life of Rebecca Jones has all the makings of a classic, fixing on a vanishing period of rural history, and the novel's final, unexpected revelation remains unforgettable and utterly moving.
Wales and Scotland C.1700-2000
Author: Robert Pope
View: 4706This collection discusses religion in Scotland and Wales from an historical perspective and examines the contribution of religion to the sense of national identity in the period from the Evangelical Revival to the present day. The book suggests that religion is key to the nations' histories.
Author: Ian Hazlett
Publisher: T&T Clark Int'l
View: 5778This welcome survey breaks new ground by presenting a balanced and up-to-date account of the parallel Reformation experiences in the nations of the entire British Isles. Departing from the traditional preoccupation with the English or Scottish Reformations, the book compares and contrasts long-term developments and reactions in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, and places them in their broader European context. While tracing the various courses of religious change, controversy and resistance in the four neighbouring countries, Ian Hazlett also offers incisive assessments of modern research developments, setting his account against the backdrop of the changing ways of writing history, especially Church and Reformation history. The result is a book that will not only be of great value to students and the new generation of scholars in the field, but will also provide convenient and reliable access to the subject for anyone with an interest in this turbulent period of religious and intellectual history. Book jacket.
Author: Jon Gower
Publisher: Random House
View: 2815The Story of Wales is a vibrant portrait of 30,000 years of power, identity and politics. Revisiting major turning points in Welsh history, from its earliest settlements to the present day, Jon Gower re-examines the myths and misconceptions about this glorious country, revealing a people who have reacted with energy and invention to changing times and opportunities. It's a story of political and industrial power, economic and cultural renewal- and a nation of seemingly limitless potential. The Story of Wales is an epic account of Welsh history for a new generation.
Author: Glanmor Williams
View: 1312Wales and the Reformation is the first full-length study of one of the most significant phases in the history of Wales. Such neglect is surprising given the formative part played by the Reformation in shaping the subsequent destinies of Wales and its people. What is less surprising is that Sir Glanmor Williams has now remedied this deficiency with a work of scholarship that is magisterial in content and polished in style. In the sixteenth century the Roman Church which, for centuries, had regulated religion in Wales was ousted and replaced by a state-established Church, of which the monarch was constituted Supreme Head. It soon became obvious to a small group of intellectuals and reformers that the use of English to impose modifications to traditional worship and belief upon a mainly Welsh-speaking populace would be unlikely to succeed among the mass of the people. From mid-century onwards, therefore, there were determined attempts both to secure adherence to reformed doctrine and to safeguard the native cultural inheritance by means of Welsh translations of the Bible, Prayer Book, and other literature.The translation of the Bible into Welsh was probably the key factor in retaining the native language; it ensured the success of Welsh literature, tied the clergy to Welsh culture, and inspired confidence in the continuance of Welsh nationhood. Slow though progress was in many respects the indispensable translations were achieved and the Welsh were set on the road to becoming a fervent Protestant nation. The switch of allegiance from Rome was neither simple nor straightforward; it provoked great upheaval and confusion, in which secular concerns and material interests became entangled with cultural and devotional consequences. In Wales and the Reformation Glanmor Williams succeeds in unfolding this complex story in a lucid and readable fashion.
Author: Edward A. Malone
Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning
Category: Biography & Autobiography
View: 7256Survey of British-born writers who produced texts on rhetoric or logic between 1500 and 1660. Provides biographies meant to serve students and scholars of British literature who require information on educators, theologians, and statesmen who influenced and shaped the rhetorical culture that produced great works of literature.
Welsh Renaissance Scholar
Author: Ceri Davies
Category: Biography & Autobiography
View: 9522"This book, the publication of which in 2004 coincides with the 400th anniversary of John Davies's installation as rector of Mallwyd, examines his contribution - as biblical translator and pastor, as grammarian and lexicographer, and as one who strove to promote the standing and dignity of the language and literary heritage of his native Wales within the wider context of Renaissance humanism."--BOOK JACKET.
Author: Geraint H. Jenkins
Category: Foreign Language Study
View: 8284The Welsh language is the oldest living European language. This volume surveys the social history of the language in modern times. Its political status is considered, together with the use of Welsh in the courts, and in religion, education and scholarship. The promotion of the status of Welsh is also discussed, to counteract the stigma attached to it by the language clause of 1536.