Dr Cathryn Charnell-White BA (Cymru) PhD (Cymru)

Dr Cathryn Charnell-White

Pennaeth Adran (Y Gymraeg) / Head of Department (Welsh)

Uwch Ddarlithydd / Senior Lecturer

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Please note: The Welsh version of this profile contains additional or more detailed information.


I graduated in Welsh from the Department of Welsh, Aberystwyth University & remained in the Department to gain a PhD ('Y Pedwar Peth Diwethaf - Marwolaeth, Nefoedd, Uffern a'r Farn - yn llenyddiaeth Gymraeg y Ddeunawfed Ganrif' [The Four Last Things - Death, Heaven, Hell & Judgement - in Welsh literature of the Eighteenth Century]).

I lectured on eighteenth-century literature, women's writing, & contemporary literature in the Welsh departments at Aberystwyth University (1998-99; the External Degree 2003-2013) & Lampeter (2000-02). At the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies, I worked as a Research Fellow on two AHRC-funded projects: 'Iolo Morganwg & the Romantic tradition in Wales' (2002-2008) & 'Wales & the French Revolution' (2009-13).

Bardic Circles (2007), a monograph on the self-, regional & national identity of Edward Williams (1747-1826) was published as part of the Iolo Morganwg project. For the project on Wales & the French Revolution, I completed a critical study of the Welsh-language poetic responses to the French Revolution, with special attention to the complex dynamic between Welshness & Britishness during the Revolutionary Wars: Welsh Poetry of the French Revolution 1789-1805 (2012).

I am currently working on a Leverhulme project, ‘Women’s Poetry in Ireland, Scotland and Wales 1400–1800’, whose outputs will include an anthology of verse from the three nations as well as a critical companion volume discussing the generic, thematic, linguistic and cultural aspects of the verse.


Module Coordinator

I will be developing Part II modules which reflect my various interests in Welsh literature of the Early Modern Period (1500-1800) for our BA schemes in Welsh and Celtic Studies: * Wales's women poets 1400-1800; * Literature of the landscape and the environment 1500-1800; * Bardic and correspondence communities in eighteenth-century Wales; * Imagined Wales: Welshness and Britishness in the early modern period.

I teach practice-based modules on the Welsh-medium taught MA in Creative Writing: 'Gweithdai Creadigol' (Creative Workshops) and 'Y Diwydiant Cyhoeddi Creadigol yng Nghymru' (The Creative Publishing Industry in Wales).


I am currently engaged on a collaborative, comparative project 'Women's poetry in Ireland, Scotland and Wales 1400-1800'. The project is funded by The Leverhulme Trust and will run until July 2016.

My contribution to this project builds on my anthology of women's poetry, Beirdd Ceridwen: Blodeugerdd Barddas o Ganu Menywod hyd tua 1800 (2005). The volume contains both strict- and free-metre poetry which voice the experiences of the mother, the daughter, the mistress, and the friend.

My research focuses on four broad themes - eschatology, ecocriticism, feminism and regional/national identity - which often dovetail in unexpected ways:

  • the elegy as a genre;
  • mothers' elegiac verse for their children;
  • the elegies of William Williams of Pantycelyn;
  • infernal satire (the letters of the dead to the living);
  • Iolo Morganwg and Bardism;
  • the responses of Wales's poets to the French Revolution; self-,
  • regional, national and state image and identity in Early Modern Wales;
  • the dynamics between Welshness and Britishness in Welsh-language literary works of the Early Modern Period;
  • bardic nationalism in eighteenth-century Wales;
  • poetic and correspondence networks in Wales and London throughout the eighteenth century, particularly in the 1790s;
  • Wales's women poets 1400-1800
  • women's writing in Wales past and present;
  • extreme weather in Wales 1500-1800; historical attitudes towards the natural world, historical climatology and regional studies.

I welcome applications from graduates to undertake research in these, or related, areas under my supervision. If you would like to work towards an MA, MPhil or PhD, I would be happy to discuss research questions and funding possibilities with you.



Charnell-White, C. 2017. Perfformio cenedl y dychymyg: Iolo Morganwg a dechreuadau Gorsedd y Beirdd. In A. Jones. (ed) Perfformio’r Genedl: Ar Drywydd Hywel Teifi Edwards. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, Caerdydd Cadair

Charnell-White, C. 2017. Problems of Authorship and Attribution: The Welsh-Language Women's Canon Before 1800. Women's Writing 10.1080/09699082.2016.1268336 Cadair


Charnell-White, C. 2014. ‘Guerre et météorologie: le climat politique dans la literature galloise à l’Âge des révolutions’. ['War and weather: the political climate in Welsh literature of the Age of Revolution'.] Regards croisés sur la Bretagne et le pays de Galles. cyntafth edn, Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd, Aberystwyth pp. 251-281. Cadair

Charnell-White, C. 2014. ‘Ar drywydd y tywydd: Cymru ac Oes yr Iâ Fechan’. Y Traethodydd Cadair


Charnell-White, C.A. 2013. Networking the nation: the bardic and correspondence networks of Wales and London in the 1790s. In M. Constantine., D. Johnston. (eds) 'Footsteps of Liberty and Revolt': Essays on Wales and the French Revolution. Wales and the French Revolution Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, Cardiff pp. 143-67. Cadair


Charnell-White, C.A. 2012. Welsh Poetry of the French Revolution 1789-1805. Wales and the French Revolution Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, Cardiff Cadair


Charnell-White, C.A. 2011. Thomas Evans Hendreforfudd: Cadw cof am y tywydd yng Nghymru. Y Naturiaethwr 2 (27) pp. 10-14. Cadair

Charnell-White, C.A. 2011. Eira man, eira mawr. Taliesin 142 pp. 19-27. Cadair

Charnell-White, C.A. 2011. Cofio'r Tywydd yng Nghymru: casgliad Thomas Evans, Hendreforfudd o englynion meteorolegol. Llên Cymru 34 pp. 62-87. Cadair


Macdonald, N., Jones, C.A., Davies, S.J., Charnell-White, C.A. 2010. Historical Weather Accounts from Wales: An Assessment of their Potential for Reconstructing Climate. Weather 65 (3) pp. 72-81. 10.1002/wea.418 Other Cadair

Jones, C.A., Davies, S.J., Charnell-White, C.A., Macdonald, N., Elias, T., Brown, D. 2010. Hinsawdd Hanesyddol: Potensial Ffynonellau Dogfennol Cymru. [Historical climate: the Potential of Wales' documentary sources.] Gwerddon 6 pp. 34-54. Other Cadair


Charnell-White, C.A. 2009. Ailddarganfod 'Jane Ann'. Cadair

Charnell-White, C.A. 2009. Detholiad o Emynau Iolo Morganwg: A volume for specialist and non-specialist audiences, providing edited texts of a selection of neglected hymns by the major literary and cultural figure Iolo Morganwg. The contextual and textual scholarship is result of archival research into unpublished manuscript and eighteenth-century print sources. [Selected hymns of Iolo Morganwg] Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd, Aberystwyth Other Cadair

Charnell-White, C.A. 2009. Megis archoll yw 'ngholled': Marwnadau Mamau i'w Plant. In G. Williams. (ed) Ysgrifau Beirniadol XXVIII. Ysgrifau Beirniadol Gwasg Gee | Gee Press, Llandysul pp. 21-46. Cadair


Charnell-White, C.A. 2008. Pererinion: A Storiau Hen Ferch. Clasuron Cymraeg Honno Honno, Aberystwyth Cadair


Charnell-White, C.A. 2007. Bardic Circles: National, Regional and Personal Identity in the Bardic Vision of Iolo Morganwg. Iolo Morganwg and the Romantic Tradition in Wales Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, Cardiff Cadair


Charnell-White, C.A. 2005. Beirdd Ceridwen: Blodeugerdd Barddas o Ganu Menywod hyd tua 1800. Barddas, Treforys Cadair

Charnell-White, C.A. 2005. Women and Gender in the Private and Social Relationships of Iolo Morganwg. In G. H. Jenkins. (ed) A Rattleskull Genius: The Many Faces of Iolo Morganwg. Iolo Morganwg and The Romantic Tradition in Wales Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, Cardiff pp. 359-381. Cadair


Charnell-White, C.A. 2003. Galaru a Gwaddoli ym Marwnadau Williams Pantycelyn. Llên Cymru 26 pp. 40-62. Cadair