Beyond the Difference by Daniel G. Williams

By Daniel G. Williams

Wales's top literary critic, M. Wynn Thomas, is widely known in those unique works and contributions from the world over acclaimed writers, poets, and critics. the connection among English and Welsh language literature in Wales, those essays discover the interactions of nationhood and gender from the past due nineteenth century to the current day; the politics of translation in Wales in comparison to eire and the United States; and the exciting connections among Welsh literature and American, African American, Irish, and Jewish literary traditions.

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Others have praised without understanding. It is always interesting to notice how Englishmen like H. E. Bates, who know nothing about Wales or the Welsh language, react to stories like mine. I have come to the conclusion . . that one must know something about the country from which the stories come, especially if they are stories of a native author who writes in the language of that country. 1 Only this one letter from Kate Roberts to Margiad Evans survives, along with six letters from Margiad Evans to Kate Roberts, though it is evident from these seven letters that the correspondence was in fact more extensive.

There are days when I could scream and scream and scream . . ’ This is manifestly a woman on the edge; she embraces the youth not merely out of sexual desire but because he is there, he has come into her loneliness, and he is caring in the concern he shows for the sick ewe. However much she relished being alone, it would seem that, inevitably, Evans was familiar with the pain of loneliness, especially in the period when her husband was away. The loneliness of Jessy in ‘The Ruin’ seems to be over; her husband has just returned to her having been demobilized.

Eternal animation. ’ There is, however, no such sense of spiritual reassurance in the stories in A Summer Day. Kate Roberts was, of course, brought up in the potent Nonconformist traditions of Caernarfonshire at the turn of the century, but there is little or no sense of the chapel as a spiritual force in these stories. qxp 30 27/07/2004 15:32 Page 30 Tony Brown Annie is grateful for the chance to get her husband away from the Sunday School teachers’ meeting for a rare day out, while in ‘Folded Hands’ the elderly Beti has been to chapel only ‘now and then’ and ‘[o]n her own testimony, she had never been to a Quarterly preaching meeting, an eisteddfod or a circus: she always named them in that order, and they all meant much the same to her’ (A Summer Day, 118).

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