Module Identifier EN33920  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Mr Damian Walford Davies  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Seminar   20 Hours 10 x 2 hour seminars  
Assessment Continuous assessment   2 x 2,500 word essays   100%  
  Resit assessment   Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements.    

Brief description
How does a 'new' literature, or a literature in a new language, establish itself side by side with an ancient literary culture? What are the social and economic circumstances of its rise? How do its writers handle their relationship with that older literature with which they must co-exist - and what is their attitude to the dominant culture across the Border, with which they share a common language but not a common history? What tensions arise from class and gender difference, from the impact of the two World Wars, and from the divided loyalties of a newly bilingual nation? In trying to answer these and related questions, this option aims to illustrate a given community and its consciousness of itself at a crucial point in its development.

Outline syllabus
The module will be taught by means of weekly two-hour seminars. No knowledge of Welsh is required (but, if sufficient numbers of students are interested, one of the seminar groups may be conducted in Welsh). Students are expected to purchase the six texts - by Caradoc Evans, Idris Davies, Dylan Thomas, Glyn Jones, Hilda Vaughan and Emyr Humphreys - for which editions are designated in the following programme.

1. A culture in Transition (3 semianrs)

2. Imagined Communities (3 seminars)

3. Nation and Gender (2 seminars)

4. Language Conflicts (2 seminars)