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Essays & Academic Papers

Essay 1: "Writing with dreams and blood"
Dylan Thomas, Marxism and 1930’s Swansea: Victor Golightly, Trinity College, Carmarthen.

Groundbreaking new research from Victor Golightly on Thomas’s ‘Socialist’ poetics formed from the political climate of Swansea in the 1930’s. This paper currently appears in Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays, Volume 8 (2003), and is gratefully re-published here with kind permission of the editor.


Essay 2: Fuse and Refuse
The Pastoral Logic of Dylan Thomas’s Poetry, Richard Chamberlain, Trinity College, Carmarthen.

This essay reads Dylan Thomas’s poetry as informed by the curious, proto-deconstructive logic of the pastoral mode as William Empson theorised it in the 1930s.


Essay 3: Dylan Thomas and the French Symbolists, Nathalie Wourm, Birkbeck College:

Nathalie Wourm’s paper explores the impact of certain French Symbolist aesthetics in translation on Dylan Thomas’s early poems. This paper first appeared in Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays, Volume 5 (1999), and is gratefully re-published here with kind permission of the editor.


Essay 4: Childhood and Subjectivity in the Work of Dylan Thomas, Harri Roberts, University of Glamorgan.

This paper explores recent psychoanalytic perspectives on Thomas’s work and especially David Holbook’s attack of Thomas in 1962.


Essay 5: John Goodby & Chris Wigginton:
‘Shut in a Tower of Words’, Dylan Thomas’s Modernism

This essay is an earlier version of the paper published in Locations of Literary Modernism: Region and Nation in British and American Modernist Poetry,, eds. Alex Davis and Lee Jenkins, Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2000, pp. 89-112. We acknowledge permission from Cambridge University Press and John Goodby to re-publish this slightly earlier version of the essay here, with grateful thanks.


Notes on Contributors:
Victor Golightly is completing his Doctorate on Dylan Thomas and Vernon Watkins at UW Swansea. He was editor of New Welsh Review 2000-01.

Dr. Richard Chamberlain lectures in English at Trinity College, Carmarthen. His research interests are in Shakespeare and the Renaissance, twentieth century writing, and critical theory.

Dr. Nathalie Wourm wrote her doctoral thesis on Dylan Thomas at Oxford University. She teaches French at Birkbeck College and specializes in Comparative Literature and Contemporary Poetry.

Harri Roberts is a PhD student at the University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd. He is currently interested in tracing the connections between literary representations of the body and the development of Welsh identity during the twentieth century.

John Goodby is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Wales Swansea. He is the author of Irish poetry since 1950: from stillness into history (Manchester University Press, 2000), co-editor of the Dylan Thomas New Casebook with Chris Wigginton (Palgrave, 2001) and editor of Irish Studies in Edward Arnold's Essentials series (2003). He is currently completing a study of Dylan Thomas for Seren Books.