Dr Cathryn Charnell-White

BA (Cymru) PhD (Cymru)

Dr Cathryn Charnell-White

Senior Lecturer

Head of Department (Welsh)

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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


Perfformio cenedl y dychymyg: Iolo Morganwg a dechreuadau Gorsedd y BeirddCharnell-White, C. 2017 Perfformio’r Genedl: Ar Drywydd Hywel Teifi Edwards. Jones, A. (ed.). Caerdydd: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press
Problems of Authorship and Attribution: The Welsh-Language Women's Canon Before 1800Charnell-White, C. 2017 In : Women's Writing.24, 4, p. 398-417
‘Guerre et météorologie: le climat politique dans la literature galloise à l’Âge des révolutions’Charnell-White, C. 2014 Regards croisés sur la Bretagne et le pays de Galles.cyntaf ed. Aberystwyth: Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd, p. 251-28131 p.
‘Ar drywydd y tywydd: Cymru ac Oes yr Iâ Fechan’Charnell-White, C. 2014 In : Y Traethodydd.
Networking the nation: the bardic and correspondence networks of Wales and London in the 1790sCharnell-White, C. A. 2013 'Footsteps of Liberty and Revolt': Essays on Wales and the French Revolution. Constantine, M-A. & Johnston, D. (eds.). Cardiff: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, p. 143-6725 p. (Wales and the French Revolution)
Welsh Poetry of the French Revolution 1789-1805Charnell-White, C. A. 2012 Cardiff: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press. 474 p. (Wales and the French Revolution)
Thomas Evans Hendreforfudd: Cadw cof am y tywydd yng NghymruCharnell-White, C. A. 2011 In : Y Naturiaethwr.2, 27, p. 10-144 p.
Eira man, eira mawrCharnell-White, C. A. 2011 In : Taliesin.142, p. 19-279 p.
Cofio'r Tywydd yng Nghymru: casgliad Thomas Evans, Hendreforfudd o englynion meteorolegolCharnell-White, C. A. 2011 In : Llên Cymru.34, p. 62-8725 p.
Historical Weather Accounts from Wales: An Assessment of their Potential for Reconstructing ClimateMacdonald, N., Jones, C. A., Davies, S. J. & Charnell-White, C. A. 2010 In : Weather.65, 3, p. 72-81
Hinsawdd Hanesyddol: Potensial Ffynonellau Dogfennol CymruJones, C. A., Davies, S. J., Charnell-White, C. A., Macdonald, N., Elias, T. & Brown, D. 2010 In : Gwerddon.6, p. 34-54
Ailddarganfod 'Jane Ann'Charnell-White, C. A. 2009 Barn, 551/2, p. 60-612 p.
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.Charnell-White, C. A. (ed.) 2009 Aberystwyth: Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd. 277 p.
Megis archoll yw 'ngholled': Marwnadau Mamau i'w PlantCharnell-White, C. A. 2009 Ysgrifau Beirniadol XXVIII. Williams, G. (ed.). Llandysul: Gwasg Gee | Gee Press, Vol. XXVIII, p. 21-4626 p. (Ysgrifau Beirniadol)
Pererinion: A Storiau Hen FerchCharnell-White, C. A. (ed.) 2008 Aberystwyth: Honno. 110 p. (Clasuron Cymraeg Honno)
Bardic Circles: National, Regional and Personal Identity in the Bardic Vision of Iolo MorganwgCharnell-White, C. A. 2007 Cardiff: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press. 224 p. (Iolo Morganwg and the Romantic Tradition in Wales)
Beirdd Ceridwen: Blodeugerdd Barddas o Ganu Menywod hyd tua 1800Charnell-White, C. A. (ed.) 2005 Treforys: Barddas. 420 p.
Women and Gender in the Private and Social Relationships of Iolo MorganwgCharnell-White, C. A. 2005 A Rattleskull Genius: The Many Faces of Iolo Morganwg. Jenkins, G. H. (ed.). Cardiff: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, p. 359-38122 p. (Iolo Morganwg and The Romantic Tradition in Wales)
Galaru a Gwaddoli ym Marwnadau Williams PantycelynCharnell-White, C. A. 2003 In : Llên Cymru.26, p. 40-6222 p.