Elizabeth Edwards BA, MA, PhD

Research Fellow, Wales and the French Revolution Project

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University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies,
National Library of Wales,
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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. She has recently completed her second book, an edition of the poetry of the Anglesey labouring-class writer Richard Llwyd (1752-1835), which will be published by Trent Editions in their ‘Poetry Recoveries’ series. Her current book-length project is a study of eighteenth-century women’s writing.

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 will appear in 2015 as a special issue of the journal Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840.

Liz has published articles and book chapters on Welsh Gothic, Romantic-period poetry from Wales, national song, and travel writing. From September 2014, she will be working on the AHRC-funded ‘Curious Travellers’ research project, focusing on late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century tours of Wales.

Selected Publications:

(ed. and intro.) ‘Four Nations Fiction’, special issue of Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840 (forthcoming 2015).

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 (Palgrave Macmillan, in press).

‘“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, (Anthem Press, in press).

(ed. and intro.) Richard Llwyd: Beaumaris Bay and Other Poems (Trent Editions, 2015).

‘“Lonely and voiceless your halls must remain”: Romantic-era National Song and Felicia Hemans’s Welsh Melodies (1822)’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies (in press).

‘“Place makes a great Difference”: Hester Piozzi’s Welsh Independence’, Wales Arts Review 3:17. http://www.walesartsreview.org/the-gregynog-papers-7-place-makes-a-great-difference-hester-piozzis-welsh-independence/

‘“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 (Centre de Recherche Bretonne et Celtique, 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 (University of Wales Press, 2013), pp. 271-90.

(ed. and intro.) English-Language Poetry from Wales 1789-1806 (University of Wales Press, 2013), 328pp. http://www.uwp.co.uk/editions/9780708325681?language=en

‘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 (Routledge, 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 (Pickering and Chatto, 2012), pp. 63-76.

‘Iniquity, terror and survival: Welsh Gothic, 1789-1804’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 35: 1 (2012), pp. 119-33.