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Dr Tomos Owen

Overview

Dr Tomos Owen Position: Lecturer Email: OwenTL@cf.ac.uk
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 76740
Extension: 74762
Location: Room 1.22, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff

Research Group

English Literature

Research Interests

Welsh writing in English, from the late nineteenth century to the contemporary moment; riots in literature; the city and literary culture; itinerancy and modernity.

Selected Publications

Nu 2: Memorable Firsts (Parthian, 2011)

‘Notes on the Text’ and ‘Biography’, in Arthur Machen, The Great God Pan, Library of Wales (Parthian, 2010)

‘Notes on the Text’ and ‘Biography’, in Arthur Machen, The Hill of Dreams, Library of Wales (Parthian, 2010)

‘The London Kelt, 1895-1914: Performing Welshness, Imagining Wales’, Almanac: Yearbook of Welsh Writing in English, 13 (2009), 109-125

Nu: Fiction and Stuff (Parthian, 2009)

‘“Never Again Stop the Way of a Welshman”: Rioting and Rebellion in Amy Dillwyn’s The Rebecca Rioter’, in Gerald Porter and David Bell (eds.), Riots in Literature (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008), pp. 51-74

Teaching

I teach on the BA English Literature programme.

Publications

Recent Publications

Edited books


Nu 2: Memorable Firsts
(Parthian, 2011)

Nu: Fiction and Stuff (Parthian, 2009)

‘Notes on the Text’ and ‘Biography’, in Arthur Machen, The Great God Pan, Library of Wales (Parthian, 2010)

‘Notes on the Text’ and ‘Biography’, in Arthur Machen, The Hill of Dreams, Library of Wales (Parthian, 2010)

Refereed journal article

‘The London Kelt, 1895-1914: Performing Welshness, Imagining Wales’, Almanac: Yearbook of Welsh Writing in English, 13 (2009), 109-125

Book chapter

‘“Never Again Stop the Way of a Welshman”: Rioting and Rebellion in Amy Dillwyn’s The Rebecca Rioter’, in Gerald Porter and David Bell (eds.), Riots in Literature (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008), pp. 51-74

Media publications

‘Renewed: New Writing in Wales’, A470, 54 (December 2009/January 2010), p. 5

Research

My PhD thesis, which I am turning into a monograph, was a study of London-Welsh writing at the turn of the twentieth century, concentrating mainly on Ernest Rhys, Arthur Machen, W.H. Davies and Caradoc Evans, but also seeking to embed these writers’ works within a broader literary and cultural milieu. I am also interested in contemporary writing, and have edited two anthologies of new writing for Parthian. I am currently working on two essay-length projects: the first explores the formal hybridity of contemporary Welsh women’s writing, focusing in particular on writing produced in the wake of the departure of heavy industry; the second is a discussion of the persistent trope of the train journey – particularly that between Wales and London – in contemporary Welsh culture. Beyond that, I am preparing material for a long-term project investigating questions of vagrancy and itinerancy, looking specifically at the complex relationships between the figure of the tramp and the landscape of modernity, and considering work by figures including W.H. Davies, Charlie Chaplin, James Agee and others.

Biography

I completed my PhD in 2010 and am now a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in English Literature at Cardiff, having acted as Postgraduate Tutor between 2007 and 2011. As well as contributing to the core Year One module, ‘Introduction to the Novel’ in the Autumn Semester, I am module leader on two undergraduate modules: the Year Two module ‘Culture and the City in the Autumn Semester and the Year Three module ‘The Twentieth-Century Novel’ in the Spring Semester. I have also taught at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) and at the University of Glamorgan.