Elizabeth Edwards (Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies) will be presenting her paper, ‘ “In Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring, / The business of his life—to sing”: Richard Llwyd and the Labouring-Class Voice’, at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 11 March 2014. The talk will take place in Cardiff University’s John Percival Building, Room 2.48.
Richard Llwyd’s brief pen portrait of the bird free ‘to sing’ points towards the diurnal nature of the labouring-class artist’s life, implicitly time-bound and work-bound. But it also celebrates the liberating and transformative effects of the creative life. Using the concept of voice as a way of introducing Llwyd’s work, this paper will consider his place within a still-expanding tradition of labouring-class poetry, his relation to the new archipelagic Romanticism, and the revelation of a distinct cultural perspective (or voice) in his writing.
About the speaker
Elizabeth Edwards is a research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies in Aberystwyth, where she works work on 18th-century and Romantic literature. Her English-Language Poetry from Wales 1789–1806 was published last year by the University of Wales Press, and she is currently completing an edition of the poetry of Richard Llwyd for Trent Editions, as well as working on a critical anthology of travel writing about Wales, and guest-editing a forthcoming issue of the online journal Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840.