Dr Cathryn Charnell-White
Cathryn Charnell-White gained a BA and PhD from the Department of Welsh, Aberystwyth. Her doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Y Pedwar Peth Diwethaf – Marwolaeth, Nefoedd, Uffern a’r Farn – yn llenyddiaeth Gymraeg y Ddeunawfed Ganrif’ (The four last things – Death, Heaven, Hell and Judgement – in Welsh eighteenth-century literature), examines eschatological themes. Her research interests also encompass national and regional identity in eighteenth-century Welsh literature, and Early Modern Welsh women’s poetry. She is the editor of Beirdd Ceridwen: Blodeugerdd Barddas o Ganu Menywod hyd tua 1800 (2005), an anthology of Welsh women’s poetry.
Cathryn contributed to the project on ‘Iolo Morganwg and the Romantic Tradition in Wales’ by analysing Bardism and the Gorsedd of the Bards of the Island of Britain, with special reference to the three main strands which run through them: national, regional and personal identity. These three themes are discussed in her monograph, Bardic Circles: National, Regional and Personal Identity in the Bardic Vision of Iolo Morganwg (Cardiff, 2007). The volume also includes a selection of Iolo’s writings which show the intersection of Bardism’s competing agendas. Since January 2009 Cathryn has been a member of the ’Wales and the French Revolution’ project team.
Before joining the staff at the Centre, Cathryn lectured on the eighteenth century, women’s poetry and contemporary literature at the Departments of Welsh at Aberystwyth (1998–9) and Lampeter (2000–02).
Cathryn is also a member of the editorial board of Llên Cymru, and of the committee of ‘Honno Welsh Women’s Press’. She plays the violin in the local amateur orchestras of Philomusica at Aberystwyth and Lampeter Chamber Orchestra.
Her edition of Pererinion a Storïau Hen Ferch by Jane Ann Jones was published in the Honno Classics series in October 2008.
Contact details and selected publications