Queer Wales

Queer Wales : The History, Culture and Politics of Queer Life in Wales

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This book provides varied perspectives on queer history, culture, politics and life in Wales. It addresses the queering of the Welsh language in examples from the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries, acquainting readers with such figures as Felicia Hemans, George Powell, and Edward Thomas; and it explores forms of lesbian belonging, the possibilities of transgender Wales, the communities of queer Welsh television and film, and the many places of the queer Welsh 'home'. This book for the first time brings together work by a wide variety of authors working in varied areas of queer Welsh culture; its chapters mark the beginning of what will be an ongoing discussion of sexual and national life in Wales with essays that launch an important discussion of queer life and suggesting that perhaps Wales has always been a bit of a queer place to live.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 23mm | 476g
  • University of Wales Press
  • Wales, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 black and white images
  • 1783168633
  • 9781783168637

About Huw Osborne

Huw Osborne is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the Royal Military College of Canada. He is the author of Rhys Davies (2009) and the editor of The Rise of the Modernist Bookshop: Books and the Commerce of Culture in the Twentieth Century (2015). He has contributed to Almanac, The International Journal of Welsh Studies, and Military Culture and Education (2010).show more

Review quote

Groundbreaking may be an overused term, but it is the most appropriate description of Queer Wales. Expertly edited and engagingly introduced by Huw Osbourne, this collection of essays is a major contribution to Welsh cultural studies. It constitutes an act of excavation in its tracing of a Welsh queer history, but the volume does not only construct a tradition of queer writing in Wales. It offers also a far-reaching analysis of that tradition by means of a series of stimulating chapters. Queer Wales is the most wide-ranging contribution that we have yet had to that tradition, which offers a magnificent foundation for further explorations of this rich and diverse field. --Daniel G. Williams, Swansea University"show more

Table of contents

I. The Queer Past Before 1900Queer Loss: Felicia Hemans, (trans)nationalism, and the Welsh BardDaniel Hannah'Gender difference is nothing': Cranogwen and Victorian WalesJane Aaron'Please don't whip me this time': The Passions of George Powell of Nant-EosHarry HeuserFrom Huw Arwystli to Sion Eirian: Representitive Examples of Cadi/Queer Life from Medieval to Twentieth Century Welsh LiteratureMihangel MorganII. Placing Queer Wales after 1900 'A queer kind of fancy': women, same-sex desire, and nation in Welsh literatureKirsti Bohata'Not friends / But fellows in a union that ends': Associations of Welshness and Non-heteronormativity in Edward ThomasAndrew WebbFairy Tale Drag and the Transgender Nation in Rhys Davies, Erica Wooff, and Jan Morris.Huw OsborneIII. Building Queer Wales Post-DevolutionLesbian Motherhood in the South Wales Valleys: A Narrative ExplorationAlys EinionLiving in Fear: Homophobic Hate Crime in WalesMatthew Williams and Jasmin TregidgaHeb addysg, heb ddawn (Without education, without gift): LGBTQ Youth in Educational Settings in WalesJohn Sam JonesIV. Performing Contemporary Queer WalesOmnisexuality and the City: Exploring National and Sexual Identity through BBC Wales' TorchwoodRebecca Williams and Ruth McElroyQueer/Welsh and Welsh/Queer: Performing Hybrid WalesStephen Greershow more