Focusing on an important and overlooked subject in Welsh studies, this book reveals the contribution of modern Welsh literature to our understanding of peace and pacifism. Through careful analysis, Linden Peach shows how pacifism in Wales, which was rooted in concepts from Welsh-language writing, evolved into a broader social gospel concerned with the quality of human life and the sustainability of community. Peach takes a literary-historical approach to this subject, opening up new perspectives on the history of peace and pacifism in Wales that have been overlooked by purely historical analyses in the past. Pacifism, Peace and Modern Welsh Writing includes both English- and Welsh-language texts and highlights the interdependence of English and Welsh culture in Wales. Quotations from Welsh-language texts are given in Welsh and in English translation to assist readers who are not Welsh speakers. This book introduces readers to the changing nature of pacifism, peace, and anti-warism, and how these terms have acquired different meanings over time. Clear and concise, Peach illustrates these concepts through accessible but original readings of key Welsh writers on peace and pacifism.
About the Author
Linden Peach is director of educational development at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a fellow of the English Association.
Table of Contents
Series Editors' Preface ix
Pacifism and Protest
1 Mapping Welsh Pacifism 3
2 Disruptive Bibles 55
3 Prison(s) 81
Peace and Peacefulness
4 The Spirit of Pacifism: Waldo Williams and D. Gwenallt Jones 113
5 Unpeaceful Voices: Writing the Home Fronts 141
6 Post-Pacifism: Peace and War 159
7 A Welsh Pacifist Translation of an English Classic … an Afterword 177
Select Bibliography 201