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Dissonant Neighbours: Narrative Progress in Early Welsh and English Poetry

Monday, May 13, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson

Dissonant Neighbours is an in-depth comparative study of Welsh and English poetry pre-dating c.1250. In four analytical chapters, the author investigates why two neighbouring cultures produced such varying accounts of the same or similar events, providing valuable insight into the distinguishing features and trends within both medieval Welsh and English poetry. David Callander acknowledges the Latin and French influences that Welsh and English cultures were exposed to, and details how this can be identified in the poetic trends of both.

This study focuses particularly on narrative, exploring the stylistic differences between early Welsh and English poems, and bringing them together in unexpected combinations so the we might better understand them as standalone works. The author places equal emphasis on both English and Welsh poems in a balanced study, shedding greater light on how, where and why early Welsh and English poets deployed narrative. Callander’s engagement with both Old English and Middle English provides a unique breadth of comparison, and creates a comprehensive study of great value, not only to medievalists, but also to those who study narrative in all epochs.

David Callander is a Junior Research Fellow at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.


If you would like to arrange an interview with David Callander, please contact:

Bronwen Swain, University of Wales Press
University Registry, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 3NS
Tel: 029 2037 6990


For more information, or to order your copy of Dissonant Neighbours: Narrative Progress in Early Welsh and English Poetry, visit the book’s press page on the University of Wales Press website.

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