Postcolonialism Revisited: Welsh Writing in English (Welsh by Kirsti Bohata

By Kirsti Bohata

Postcolonialism Revisited examines the ways that postcolonial thought could be usefully followed and tailored on the way to offer an illuminating analyzing of Welsh writing in English, and the way the Anglophone literature of Wales increases questions on the assumptions and dogmas of postcolonial concept. as well as facing a number of theorists within the box, together with Frantz Fanon, invoice Ashcroft and Homi Bhabha, the booklet seems to be at how Wales has been built as a colonized kingdom in late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century writing. Authors thought of comprise R. S. Thomas, Margiad Evans, Christopher Meredith, Peter Finch and Rhys Davies.

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Sander L. 2 While H. L. 3 We begin here, then, with a brief look at how the greatest Welsh writer of Gothic horror, Arthur Machen, employs mystical and primitive Welsh settings in his stories, and a consideration of the ambiguous identity of the inhabitants of this landscape. 4 Valentine points out that contemporary fiction vividly expressed Victorian fears of ‘the Yellow Peril’ and similar perceived threats of empire by way of an example, but might elements of Machen’s writing construct Wales as the home of equally strange and potentially threatening races?

If the individual’s experience of ‘self-division’, of a certain cultural duality, if not cultural hybridity, can be unsettling at times, perhaps giving rise to a sense of being perpetually ‘out of place’, as the title of Edward Said’s autobiography suggests, then it can also be an enabling and creative position. 67 It is an approach that clearly has potential beyond the work of this one writer, as evidenced by the contribution of Tony Brown and M. Wynn Thomas to Welsh Writing in English, entitled ‘The Problems of Belonging’.

But, before attending to these discourses as they are present in Welsh texts, we need first briefly to consider their wider provenance in the nineteenth-century world of Empire and race. It has become customary to draw attention to the similarities between patriarchy and imperialism, yet the uncomfortable premise that these two discourses unite firmly on the site of the black female body is less well documented. 28 The (crudely conceived) Black Woman became a highly sexualized construct, and racial distinctness was asserted through the (mis)construction of black female genitalia and secondary sexual parts, particularly the buttocks, as pathological, as grotesque deviations from the white norm.

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