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Wales Unchained: Literature, Politics and Identity in the American Century / Daniel Williams

Swansea University Author: Williams, Daniel

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A study that explores how Welsh writers, politicians and intellectuals have defined themselves – and have been defined by others – since the early twentieth century. It explores ideas of race in the 1930s, reflects on the metaphoric uses of boxing, asks what it means to inhabit the ‘American century...

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ISBN: 978-1783162123
Published: Cardiff University of Wales Press 2015
Online Access: http://www.uwp.co.uk/editions/9781783162116?language=en http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/W/bo20137087.html
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa25481
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Abstract: A study that explores how Welsh writers, politicians and intellectuals have defined themselves – and have been defined by others – since the early twentieth century. It explores ideas of race in the 1930s, reflects on the metaphoric uses of boxing, asks what it means to inhabit the ‘American century’ and probes the linguistic bases of cultural identity. The book discusses Rhys Davies in relation to D. H. Lawrence, explores the simultaneous impact that Dylan Thomas and saxophonist Charlie Parker had on the Beat Generation in 1950s America, and juxtaposes the uses made of class and ethnicity in the thought of Aneurin Bevan and Paul Robeson. The book is transatlantic in scope and comparative in method.
Item Description: Short Listed for Wales Book of the Year 2016. http://www.literaturewales.org/our-projects/wales-book-year/2016-short-list/
Keywords: Wales, Identity, Comparative Literature, Ethnicity, Postcolonialism, Multiculturalism
College: College of Arts and Humanities