Angers, Fantasies and Ghostly Fears is a ground-breaking study of writers all-too-often ignored by mainstream literary history. It will be essential reading for all those interested in the literary history of Welsh writing in English, women's writing in the nineteenth century, and the discourse of insular imperialism. Catherine Brennan analyses the work of seven Welsh women poets from a relatively neglected period in Welsh literary studies, the nineteenth century. Each of the writers considered, from Jane Cave and Felicia Hemans to Anna Walter Thomas, wrote in a period of rapid and intense social change, yet each maintained her own particular and deeply held connection with Wales. The author argues that although these writers are doubly marginalized by their gender and nationality from dominant cultural discourses, they nevertheless articulate highly significant questions of poetic identity and authority. Using a range of theoretical perspectives, she shows how consciousness of national identity and poetic representation intersect in this period and suggests that the work of these writers, taken as a whole, opens up new ways of understanding class, gender and 'Welshness' in the nineteenth century.
Catherine Brennan works as a Project Co-ordinator for the Southern Focus Trust and continues to do some part-time undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at Portsmouth. She has published articles dealing with poetry by Jane Cave, Felicia Hemans and Anna Walter Thomas, and is the editor of an archive collection of English-language poetry by Welsh women writers, 1780-1950, (Honno)