Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Twentieth Century Welsh Writing in English
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 2 hour seminars
Practical 10 x 2 hour workshops


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Submission of 2 x 3000 word essays  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Locate and discuss Welsh Writing in English in its cultural and historical contexts;

2. Assess the influence of linguistic, economic, social and political factors on literary texts.

3. Examine the tensions inherent in the cultural programme of Welsh Writing in English.

4. Examine the way in which these texts interrorgate issues of class, gender and national/linguistic identity.

5. Writ about literary texts in a critically-focused and well-structured manner.

Brief description

This module introdcues students to the vigorous and diverse tradition of Welsh writing in English that flourished during the twentieth century. It explores the ways in which Welsh writers engage with issues of class, gender, race, and sexuality, and traces the dialogues that unfold between Wales's two linguistic cultures. Particular attention is paid to representations of places and lanscapes - from industrial south Wales to the holy island of Enlli - in an effort to understand the intertwining of geography and history in much Welsh writing in English. Throughout the module, students will be encouraged to examine the ambivalent relationships between literature and national identity. At the same time, a key objective of this module is to give students a clearer and more nuanced understanding of what makes Welsh writing in English distinctive in the wider field of Anglophone literatures. A wide variety of literary forms and genres are considered, including poetry, novels and short stories, and memoir.


Teaching on this module will be by one 2-hour seminar and one 2-hour workshop per week. Workshop activities might include writing execises, group presentation, debates, audio-visual material plus discussions, contextual sessions, etc.

Week 1: Introduction: Caradoc Evans, My People
Week 2: Poetry 1: Dylan Thomas
Week 3: Poetry 2: David Jones; Lynette Roberts
Week 4: Gwyn Thomas, The Alone to the Along
Week 5: Brenda Chamberlain, Tide-race
Week 6: Poetry 3: R.S. Thomas
Week 7: Christopher Meredith, Shifts
Week 8: Poetry 4: Rught Bidgood; Christine Evans; Robert Minhinnick
Week 9: Charlote Williams, Sugar and Slate
Week 10: Revision Session

All of the poems for discussion can be found in Meic Stephens (ed), Poetry 1900-2000: One Hundred Poets from Wales (see Reading List). A module reader containing supplementary texts and critical essays will also be supplied to students at the start of the module.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Written communication in the form of essays. Oral preentations in small groups. Oral communication in semesters.
Improving own Learning and Performance Developing own research skills. Time management,
Information Technology Use of electronic resouces and e-lerning technologies (electronic databases and blackboard learn). Power point for group presentations.
Personal Development and Career planning Critical self-reflection. Development of transferable communication and researchs skills.
Problem solving Formulating and devloping an arguement
Research skills Independent research for presentations. Independent research for assignments.
Subject Specific Skills Ability to compare and contrast texts; ability to comment on the relationship between society and literary forms.
Team work Group work for oral presentations.


This module is at CQFW Level 6