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dc.contributor.advisor Walford Davies, Damian
dc.contributor.advisor Prescott, Sarah Vaughn Jones, Alan 2011-02-15T10:37:48Z 2011-02-15T10:37:48Z 2010
dc.description.abstract This thesis compares and contrasts the subtle modes and inscriptions of cultural identity in the work of two English-language writers from Wales – Idris Davies (1905-1953) and Alun Lewis (1915-1944). It also deconstructs, and contests, the normative paradigms attached to their personalities and literary work – paradigms that construct Davies as an authentic spokesman for industrialised south Wales, and Lewis as an archetypal soldier-poet. These inherited paradigms, the thesis contends, are limiting and untenable; accordingly, the work of both writers is placed in new and challenging conceptual frames, and viewed in unfamiliar cultural contexts – with the result that each is wholly defamiliarised. In performing this critical act, the thesis makes use of a range of published and unpublished material, including poems, essays, short stories, diaries, journals, letters, and visual images. Its six paired chapters explore this material within three main conceptual frames: the origins and development of Davies’s and Lewis’s critical/cultural profiles; their mediations of Wales; and their representations of wartime experience. en
dc.description.sponsorship AHRC en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aberystwyth University en
dc.rights The student has requested that this electronic version of the thesis does not include the main body of the work - i.e. the chapters and conclusion. The other sections of the thesis are available as a research resource.
dc.title Modalities of Cultural Identity in the Writings of Idris Davies and Alun Lewis en
dc.type Text en
dc.relation.references Parts of this thesis have appeared, in an earlier form, in Almanac: A Yearbook of Welsh Writing in English – Critical Essays, 14 (2009-10). en
dc.publisher.department English Literature en
dc.type.qualificationlevel doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en
dc.type.publicationtype thesis or dissertation en

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