Elizabeth Edwards BA, MA, PhD
Research Fellow, Curious Travellers: Thomas Pennant and the Welsh and Scottish Tour (1760-1820) Project
e-mail: Elizabeth Edwards
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Mail: Elizabeth Edwards,
University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies,
National Library of Wales,
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3HH
Liz Edwards studied English at Trinity College, Oxford, and the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of York, before joining the Centre in January 2009 as a Research Fellow on the ‘Wales and the French Revolution’ project. Her research interests lie in the literature and culture of the eighteenth century and the Romantic period, with a particular focus on literary recoveries, textual editing, archipelagic critical approaches, and the history of women’s writing. Her first book was a critical anthology of Anglophone Welsh verse from the period 1789–1806, which draws on manuscripts, newspapers and little-known printed works in order to present a new body of literature from, and about, Romantic-era Wales. Her second book, an edition of the poetry of the Anglesey labouring-class writer Richard Llwyd (1752–1835), was published by Trent Editions in their ‘Poetry Recoveries’ series in 2016. Liz is currently writing a book about Wales and women’s writing in the period 1789–1830, and editing a selection of tours of Wales for the AHRC-funded project ‘Curious Travellers: Thomas Pennant and the Welsh and Scottish Tour (1760–1820)’.
In September 2013, Liz convened the conference ‘Four Nations Fiction: Women and the Novel, 1780–1830’ at the National Library of Wales. A selection of articles arising from this conference appeared in 2017 as a special issue of the journal Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840, which is freely available here:
In April 2016, Liz co-presented a series of podcasts on eighteenth-century women’s writing for the New Statesman, titled ‘The Great Forgetting: Women Writers before Jane Austen’, which you can listen to here: http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/fiction/2016/04/hidden-histories-podcast.
Liz has also published articles and book chapters on Welsh Gothic, Romantic-period poetry, national song, and travel writing. She is currently co-supervising a PhD thesis on Northern English Travellers to Wales and Scotland (1760–1820), and welcomes enquiries about doctoral supervision in any of the fields mentioned above.
‘Four nations fiction by women, 1789–1830: introduction’, Four Nations Fiction, special issue of Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840,22 (2017), 11–22.
with Mary-Ann Constantine, ‘Introduction/Rhagymadrodd’, Teithwyr Chwilfrydig: Symud, Tirlun, Celf / Curious Travellers: Movement, Landscape, Art, exhibition catalogue (Aberystwyth, 2017), pp. 3–10.
‘“A galaxy of the blended lights”: the reception of Thomas Pennant’, in Mary-Ann Constantine and Nigel Leask (eds.), Enlightenment Travel and British Identities: Thomas Pennant’s Tours of Scotland and Wales (London, 2017), pp. 141–60.
‘“Local and contemporary”: reception, community and the poetry of Ann Julia Hatton (‘Ann of Swansea’)’, ‘Welsh Women’s Writing 1536–1914’, special issue of Women’s Writing, ed. Jane Aaron (2017).
‘Archipelagic Anglesey: coastal contexts for Romantic-period poetry and travel writing’, Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club 2015–16 (2016), 100–13.
(ed. and intro.), Richard Llwyd: Beaumaris Bay and Other Poems (Nottingham, 2016), 240 pp.
‘Footnotes to a Nation: Richard Llwyd’s Beaumaris Bay (1800)’, in Joanna Fowler and Allan Ingram (eds.), Voice and Context in Eighteenth-Century Verse: Order in Variety (Basingstoke, 2015), pp. 133–54.
‘“Lonely and voiceless your halls must remain”: Romantic-era national song and Felicia Hemans’s Welsh Melodies (1822)’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies,38: 1 (2015), 83–97.
‘“Place makes a great Difference”: Hester Piozzi’s Welsh independence’, Wales Arts Review, 3:17.
‘“Je me suis cru l’espace d’un instant dans mon proper pays”: paysage et voyage dans le pays de Galles du dix-huitième siècle’, in Jean-Yves le Disez and Heather Williams (eds.), Regards croisés sur la Bretagne et le pays de Galles/Cross-Cultural Essays on Wales and Brittany (Brest, 2013), pp. 155–72.
‘The voices of war: poetry from Wales, 1794–1804’, in Mary-Ann Constantine and Dafydd Johnston (eds.), Footsteps of Liberty and Revolt: Essays on Wales and the French Revolution (Cardiff, 2013), pp. 271–90.
(ed. and intro.), English-Language Poetry from Wales 1789–1806 (Cardiff, 2013), 328 pp.
‘Confined to a Living Grave: Welsh Gothic and the French Revolution’, in Marion Gibson, Garry Tregidga and Shelley Trower (eds.), Mysticism, Myth, and Celtic Nationalism (London, 2012), pp. 87–98.
with Mary-Ann Constantine, ‘Bard of Liberty: Iolo Morganwg, Wales and radical song’, in Michael Brown, John Kirk and Andrew Noble (eds.), United Islands? The Languages of Resistance (London, 2012), pp. 63–76.
‘Iniquity, terror and survival: Welsh Gothic, 1789–1804’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 35: 1 (2012), 119–33.