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Rural Modernity in BritainA Critical Intervention$
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Kristin Bluemel and Michael McCluskey

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474420952

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420952.001.0001

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Hiraeth and Ambiguous Pastorals: Wales, England and Rural Modernities between the Wars

Hiraeth and Ambiguous Pastorals: Wales, England and Rural Modernities between the Wars

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(p.103) Chapter 6 Hiraeth and Ambiguous Pastorals: Wales, England and Rural Modernities between the Wars
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Rural Modernity in Britain
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Chris Hopkins

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420952.003.0007

Chris Hopkins traces the ways in which the relationship between past and present, rural and urban, arises in specific forms in Welsh culture and history, but is then (re)presented to English (and other Anglophone) readers and audiences as an ambiguous pastoral narrative about the supplanting of the rural by the modern is a story of both loss and consolation. Hopkins’s argument is driven by the question of how, despite hiraeth’s [nostalgia’s, yearning’s] specifically Welsh roots, so many English readers and audiences during the interwar period were attracted to popular texts which presented them with stories of Wales as a nation and region with strong associations to the rural past and industrial modern. Close readings focus on periodicals Wales and Welsh Review; novels by Jack Jones, Lewis Jones, and Eiluned Lewis; travel guides by Rhys Davies and Eiluned and Peter Lewis; and plays by Emlyn Williams and Richard Llewellyn.

Keywords:   Pastoral, Welsh literature, Hiraeth [Nostalgia], Jack Jones, Lewis Jones, Eiluned Lewis, Rhys Davies, Emlyn Williams, Richard Llewellyn

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