Dr Cathryn Charnell-White

BA (Cymru) PhD (Cymru)

Dr Cathryn Charnell-White

Senior Lecturer

Head of Department (Welsh)

Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies

Contact Details

Profile

Pennaeth Adran (2013-); Departmental Director of Research; Equalities Champion (2019-) & Aber Enfys Ally (2017-); University Senate & Standing Student Disciplinary Panel (2019-)

Teaching

I contribute to language and literature modules for beginners, intermediate and fluent speakers across all undergraduate and postgraduate schemes in the department. I have also developed modules in my own areas of expertise encompassing modern and contemporary literature as well as the literary culture of the early modern period (1500–1800):

  • Golwg ar Ferched mewn Llenyddiaeth cyn 1500 (The male gaze in medieval Welsh poetry and prose).
  • Traddodiad Benywaidd? Merched a Barddoniaeth yng Nghymru cyn 1800 (A Female Tradition? Women and Poetry in Wales before 1800)
  • Y Golygydd a Diwydiant Cyhoeddi Cymru (The Editor and Wales’s Publishing Industry).
  • Testunau Bob Lliw: Llunio Profiadau LHDT+ (Rainbow-coloured Texts: constructing LGBT+ experiences; co-delivered with colleagues from TFTS).
  • Women’s Poetry in Ireland, Scotland and Wales 1400–1800.

Research

I am a member of the AHRC’s Peer Review College (2017–) and have undertaken peer review for external organisations, including Gwerddon (Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol), University of Wales Press, WelshCrucible and The Huntingdon Library Journal.

My research into early modern and contemporary literature includes critical evaluation, editorial scholarship, and literary translation in the following areas which intersect in fascinating ways:

  • Women’s literature and literary culture: Honno’s Welsh-language Classics; women’s poetry in a Welsh and pan-Celtic context.
  • Literary negotiations of identity: gender, self-identity, regional and national identity, and Britishness in a ‘four nations’ context.
  • Literary culture: networks and the burgeoning public sphere in eighteenth-century Wales and beyond.
  • Ecocriticism: weather literature and historical meteorology.
  • Eschatology: literary negotiations of death and dying.

Publications on women’s literature include the first comprehensive anthology of Welsh-language women’s poetry up to 1800, Beirdd Ceridwen (2005) and new editions of forgotten works by women in Honno’s Welsh Classics series, e.g. Pererinion & Storïau Hen Ferch (2008). Work in progress includes an overview of Welsh women’s poetic culture for the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Women’s Writing; ‘Beyond borders: women writing in Ireland, Scotland and Wales’ in Women and Medieval Literary Culture from the Early Middle Ages to the Fifteenth Century (CUP, 2022); as well as edited texts, translations, notes and critical evaluation for an anthology (CUP, 2021) and critical companion (CUP, 2022) that will present work undertaken for the Leverhulme-funded project ‘Women’s Poetry in Ireland, Scotland and Wales 1400–1800’ (2013–17). I have written about identity and literary culture more broadly in Bardic Circles (2007), Welsh Poetry of the French Revolution (2012), ‘Networking the nation…’ (2013), ‘Perfformio’r genedl…’ (2017) and ‘Brawdgarwch cenedlgarol…’ (2020). A handful of articles, listed below, engage with weather literature, and I am currently completing an anthology of Welsh-language weather literature for Cyhoeddiadau Barddas, Trysorfa’r Tywydd (2021).

Additional Information

I am a member of the following societies: Yr Academi Gymreig (Literature Wales); Women's Archive Wales; ASLE-UKI (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment-UK); Barddas; BSECS (British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies); Cymdeithas Astudiaethau'r Gymraeg, Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd.

I knit and play violin in my spare time, and some of you will get to know me through the University's orchestra, Philomusica.

Teaching

Module Coordinator
Coordinator
Lecturer
Additional Lecturer
Tutor

I contribute to language and literature modules for beginners, intermediate and fluent speakers across all undergraduate and postgraduate schemes in the department: Sgiliau Astudio Iaith a Llên; An Introduction to Welsh Literature; Trafod y Byd Cyfoes drwy’r Gymraeg; Ysgrifennu Graenus; Cymraeg y Gweithle Proffesiynol; Y Gymraeg yn y Gweithle; Bro a Bywyd; Traethawd Estynedig.

I have also developed modules in my own areas of expertise that encompass modern and contemporary literature as well as the literary culture of the early modern period (1500–1800):

  • Golwg ar Ferched mewn Llenyddiaeth cyn 1500 (The male gaze in medieval Welsh poetry and prose before 1500).
  • Traddodiad Benywaidd? Merched a Barddoniaeth yng Nghymru cyn 1800 (A Female Tradition? Women and Poetry in Wales before 1800)
  • Y Golygydd a Diwydiant Cyhoeddi Cymru (The Editor and Wales’s Publishing Industry).
  • Testunau Bob Lliw: Llunio Profiadau LHDT+ (Rainbow-coloured Texts: constructing LGBT+ experiences; co-delivered with colleagues from TFTS).
  • Women’s Poetry in Ireland, Scotland and Wales 1400–1800.

Research

I am a member of the AHRC’s Peer Review College (2017–) and have undertaken peer review for external organisations, including Gwerddon (Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol), University of Wales Press, WelshCrucible and The Huntingdon Library Journal.

My research into early modern and contemporary literature includes critical evaluation, editorial scholarship, and literary translation in the following areas which sometimes intersect in fascinating ways:

  • Women’s literature and literary culture: Honno’s Welsh-language Classics; women’s poetry in a Welsh and pan-Celtic context.
  • Literary negotiations of identity: gender, self-identity, regional and national identity, and Britishness in a ‘four nations’ context.
  • Literary culture: networks and the burgeoning public sphere in eighteenth-century Wales and beyond.
  •  Ecocriticism: weather literature and historical meteorology.
  • Eschatology: literary negotiations of death and dying.

Publications on women’s literature include the first comprehensive anthology of Welsh-language women’s poetry up to 1800, Beirdd Ceridwen (2005) and new editions of forgotten works by women in Honno’s Welsh Classics series, e.g. Pererinion & Storïau Hen Ferch (2008). Work in progress includes an overview of Welsh women’s poetic culture for the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Women’s Writing; ‘Beyond borders: women writing in Ireland, Scotland and Wales’ in Women and Medieval Literary Culture from the Early Middle Ages to the Fifteenth Century (CUP, 2022); as well as edited texts, translations, notes and critical evaluation for an anthology (CUP, 2021) and critical companion (CUP, 2022) that will present work undertaken for the Leverhulme-funded project ‘Women’s Poetry in Ireland, Scotland and Wales 1400–1800’ (2013–17). I have written about identity and literary culture more broadly in Bardic Circles (2007), Welsh Poetry of the French Revolution (2012), ‘Networking the nation…’ (2013), ‘Perfformio’r genedl…’ (2017) and ‘Brawdgarwch cenedlgarol…’ (2020). A handful of articles, listed below, engage with weather literature, and I am currently completing an anthology of Welsh-language weather literature for Cyhoeddiadau Barddas, Trysorfa’r Tywydd (2021).

Responsibilities

Director, Literature Wales (2019-)

External Examiner, Ysgol y Gymraeg / School of Welsh, Cardiff University (2019-)

Council and Management Board, Books Council of Wales (2015-)

Management Board, Honno Welsh Women's Press (2003-) & Co-editor of Honno Welsh Classics Series (2008-)

Treasurer, Adran Diwylliant y 18-19g (University of Wales Guild of Graduates; 2002-)

I am a member of the following societies: Archif Menywod Cymru; ASLE-UKI (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment-UK); Barddas; BSECS (British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies); Cymdeithas Astudiaethau'r Gymraeg, Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd.

Publications

Charnell-White, C 2020, 'Gwladgarwch Cenedlgarol: Diffyrwch Llenyddol Cymdeithasau Cymry Llundeinig y Ddeunawfed Ganrif', Trafodion Anrhydeddus Gymdeithas y Cymmrodorion | Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, vol. 25, pp. 64-94.
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.
Charnell-White, C 2017, 'Problems of Authorship and Attribution: The Welsh-Language Women's Canon Before 1800', Women's Writing, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 398-417. https://doi.org/10.1080/09699082.2016.1268336
Charnell-White, C 2014, '‘Ar drywydd y tywydd: Cymru ac Oes yr Iâ Fechan’', Y Traethodydd.
Charnell-White, C 2014, ‘Guerre et météorologie: le climat politique dans la literature galloise à l’Âge des révolutions’. in Regards croisés sur la Bretagne et le pays de Galles. cyntaf edn, Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd, Aberystwyth, pp. 251-281.
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