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This course takes a look at the contrasting visions of Dylan Thomas and R. S. Thomas, two Welsh writers born a year apart who made a major contribution to twentieth century poetry but whose achievement as prose writers has perhaps been undervalued. Between them, these profoundly different writers display not only contradictory aspects of their own small country but intriguingly divergent understandings of the possibilities of literature in the modern world.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
This course examines the achievement of the two most famous Welsh writers of the twentieth century. Dylan Thomas won international celebrity while still a young man. His slightly older contemporary R. S. Thomas did not come to prominence until after Dylan's untimely death in 1953. The work of one is associated with industrial Swansea and rural West Wales, of the other with the sparsely populated north and the Welsh-English borderlands where R. S. Thomas served as an Anglican clergyman for many years. Dylan Thomas's output as poet, short story writer and radio dramatist is noted for its stylistic flamboyance and rich verbal textures, while R. S. Thomas's work as poet and autobiographer is characterised by extreme economy of manner and sobriety of outlook. The course considers the writing of two authors of global importance who between them illustrate the cultural paradoxes of the smallest of the four countries of the 'British Isles'.
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.
Detailed feedback on student essays will be provided by tutor at agreed times and within the normal turn-around schedule; feedback on presentations will be given within two days of the event.