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June 28, 2007

Delyth George on Women Writers in Wales

Welsh literature before the latter half of the twentieth century is considered to have been something of a male preserve. It was a literature largely dominated by one genre – poetry, and within that genre one poetic form in particular was accorded the highest esteem, that is ‘cynghanedd’ or the ‘strict metres’. The formal complexities of the strict metres required that they be taught in special bardic schools, or through a close teacher-disciple relation, and such opportunities to learn the craft were not generally made available to women. Although feminist critics like Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan and Marged Haycock have recently drawn our attention to the fact that a few women did manage, against the odds, to make something pf a name for themselves under these adverse conditions, in general they were necessarily few and far between. (199)

George, Delyth. ‘The strains of transition: contemporary Welsh-language novelists’. Our Sister’s Land: The Changing Identities of Women in Wales. Ed. Jane Aaron, Teresa Rees, Sandra Betts and Moira Vicentelli. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1994. 199 – 213.


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