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The Nations of Wales

The Nations of Wales

M. Wynn Thomas


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Certain simple and stereotypical images of Wales strike an immediate chord with the public, both in Wales itself and beyond its borders. For much of the twentieth century, the country was thought of as ‘The Valleys’, a land of miners and choirs and rugby clubs. This image of a ‘Proletarian Wales’ (with its attendant Socialist politics) dominated popular imagination, just as the image of ‘Nonconformist Wales’ – a Wales of chapels and of a grimly puritan society – had gripped the imagination of the High Victorian era. But what of the Wales of the late Victorian and Edwardian decades? What image of Wales prevailed at that time of revolutionary social, economic, cultural, religious and political change? This book argues that several competing images of Welshness were put in circulation during that time, and proceeds to examine several of the most influential of these as they took the form of literary texts.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover Cover
Title FM4
Copyright FM5
Contents FM8
\tSeries Editors’ Preface FM10
Preface FM14
1. Emblematising the nation 1
2. Performing political identity 37
3. O. M. Edwards: Keeping trackof the gwerin 75
4. Literature and the political nation 110
5. The Celtic option 145
6. T. Gwynn Jones: the onceand future Wales 185
7. Evan Roberts: the ghost danceof Welsh nonconformity 214
8. Arthur Machen: border disputes 257
Notes 289
Index 313
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