Edward Thomas and World Literary Studies offers a revelatory re-reading of Edward Thomas. Adapting Pascale Casanova's vision of 'world literature' as a system of competing national traditions, this study analyses Thomas's appropriation of Anglocentric British literary culture at key moments of historical crisis in the twentieth century: after the First World War, either side of the Second World War, and with the resumption of war in Ireland in the 1970s. It shows how the dominant assumptions underpinning the discipline of English Literature marginalise the Welshness of Thomas's work, before combining this revised 'world literature' model with fresh archival research to reveal how Thomas's reading of Welsh culture - its barddas, folk and literary traditions - is central both to his creation of an innovative body of poetry and to his extensive, and relatively neglected, prose. This study is groundbreaking in its contribution to recent debates about devolution and independence for Britain's constituent nations.
Introduction Chapter One World Literary Studies and Britain Chapter Two The Reception of Edward Thomas Chapter Three Welsh Literatures in their Political and Economic Contexts Chapter Four Edward Thomas and the Welsh Cultural Tradition Chapter Five Edward Thomas and English 'as a foreign tongue' Chapter Six Edward Thomas and England's failed locales