CFP: [International] Spaces of Comparison: Welsh Literatures iin Comparative Contexts

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Daniel G. Williams
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Spaces of Comparison:
Welsh Writing in English in Comparative Contexts

Keynote Speakers
Marc Shell, Harvard University
Susan Manning, Edinburgh University
Peter Lord, Swansea University

The focus of the twenty-first annual conference of the Association for
Welsh Writing in English at Gregynog Hall in Powys, Wales, UK from March
27 – 29th, 2009 will be ‘Spaces of Comparison: Welsh Writing in English
in Comparative Contexts’. In recent
years ‘postnationalism’, ‘transnationalism’ and the ‘transatlantic’ have
become influential paradigms in a variety of academic fields. This
conference aims to explore the applicability of these concepts to Welsh
writing in English. Is it time that we moved beyond the ideological and
political requirements of the nation state? Or does ‘Wales’ remain a
politically fragile entity that needs to be continually reimagined and
reinforced by literary texts? What other peoples, nations and
literatures may shed light on the histories and literatures of the Welsh
people? In addressing such questions we seek papers that place Welsh
Writing within European, Transatlantic, colonial, postcolonial and global
contexts, and encourage papers that consider Welsh writers from a
comparative perspective.

Our three keynote speakers are pre-eminent figures in the field of
comparative cultural studies.

Both short papers (c. 20 minutes) or longer ones (c. 50 minutes) will be
considered; a brief abstract should be submitted to the organizer for
consideration by the deadline of January 14th, 2009.

Organizer: Dr. Daniel Williams, CREW, Department of English, Swansea
University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP.

Possible topics may include:
• Celtic comparisons: Ireland, Scotland, Brittany.
• Welsh Writing in English in relation to English literature in
• Welsh writing in English and Breton writing in French and other
cases of a ‘minority’ literature in a ‘majority’ language.
• Wales and India – from William Jones through Alun Lewis to
Desmond Barry
• Wales and the United States.
• Ethnic Modernisms in Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Harlem,
Scandinavia etc.
• Comparative approaches to Gender, Ethnicity or Nationalism
• The making of Black Welsh, or Afro-Welsh, identities.
• The concept of diaspora.
• Marxisms / Nationalisms / Feminisms / Religious Traditions.
• Translation.
• Comparisons across genres: literature in relation to music, art,
• Theoretical papers exploring the validity of comparative and
transatlantic models in relation to minority literary studies.

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