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Damian Walford Davies

Professor Damian Walford Davies

Y Dirprwy Is-Ganghellor

Ysgol Saesneg, Cyfathrebu ac Athroniaeth

+44 29208 76437
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I am part of the School's English Literature research group.

Postgraduate students

I welcome PhD and postdoctoral applications in  Romantic literature and culture; Romantic historicist theory; Welsh  Writing in English; Creative Writing (in particular poetry); literature and  geography.

Additional publications

Literary Studies


Cartographies of Culture: New Geographies of Welsh Writing in English (University of Wales Press, 2012)

Presences that Disturb: Modalities of Romantic Influence in Twentieth-Century Literature (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2002)

Scholarly Editions

Thomas Love Peacock, The Misfortunes of Elphin – volume 5 of the 7-volume Cambridge Edition of the Novels of Thomas Love Peacock (forthcoming, 2015)

Brenda Chamberlain, The Protagonists (Parthian, 2013)

Waldo Williams: Rhyddiaith (Waldo Williams: Prose Works; Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2001), Awarded the 2002/2003 Sir Ellis Griffith Prize and the L. W. Davies Award.

William Wordsworth: Selected Poems (London: Dent, 1994), pp. xlix, 506 (reprinted 1995, 1999, 2000)

Edited Collections

Counterfactual Romanticism (forthcoming, Manchester University Press, 2016)

Roald Dahl, Writing Wales (forthcoming, University of Wales Press, 2016)

Romanticism, History, Historicism: Essays on an Orthodoxy (New York: Routledge, 2009)

Wales and the Romantic Imagination, co-edited with Lynda Pratt (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2007), pp. xii, 285

The Monstrous Debt: Modalities of Romantic Influence in Twentieth-Century Literature, co-edited with Richard Marggraf Turley (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2006)

Cof ac Arwydd: Ysgrifau Newydd ar Waldo Williams (Memory and Sign: New Essays on Waldo Williams), co-edited with Jason Walford Davies (Barddas, 2006)

Echoes to the Amen: Essays After R. S. Thomas (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2003)

Recent Contributions to Edited Collections

‘Counterfactual Obstetrics: Mary Wollstonecraft’s Frankenstein’, in Counterfactual Romanticism(forthcoming, 2016).

‘Dahl and Dylan: Matilda, “In Country Sleep” and Twentieth-century Topographies of Fear’, in Roald Dahl, Writing, Wales (forthcoming, 2016).

‘Ronald Lockley’s Archipelagraphy’, in Coastal Works: Cultures of the Atlantic Edge, ed. Nicholas Allen, Nick Groom and Jos Smith (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2016).

‘“Furious Embrace”: Clive Hicks-Jenkins Among the Poets’, in Clive Hicks-Jenkins, ed. Peter Wakelin (London: Lund Humphries, 2011), 170–85

‘“This Alabaster Spell”: Poetry as Historicist Method’, in The Artist in the Academy: Creative Interfrictions, ed. Richard Marggraf Turley (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2011), 27–48

‘Romantic Hydrography: Tide and Transit in “Tintern Abbey”’, in English Romantic Writers and the West Country, ed. Nicholas Roe (Palgrave, 2010), 218–36

‘Byron’s Cain and the “History” of Cradle Songs’, in Romanticism, History, Historicism: Essays on an Orthodoxy, ed. Damian Walford Davies (Routledge, 2009), 126–42

Published Lectures

‘Knowledge, Necromancy and The Engraving: A Case Study’, The Sir T. H. Parry-Williams Memorial Lecture 2014 (2015)

Recent and Forthcoming Articles in journals

‘Diagnosing “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”: Shipwreck, Historicism, Traumatology’, Studies in Romanticism, forthcoming 2016.

‘Romanticism’s Wye’ (with Tim Fulford), Romanticism 19,2 (Wye Valley Special Issue. 2013), 15–25

‘Capital Crimes: John Thelwall, “Gallucide” and Psychobiography’, Romanticism, 18.1 (2012), 55–69

‘“Yeats Said That”: R. S. Thomas and W. B. Yeats’, Almanac: A Yearbook of Welsh Writing in English 13 (2009), 1–26

Creative Writing


Judas (Seren, 2015)

Alabaster Girls (Rack Press, 2015)

Witch (Seren, 2012)

Suit of Lights (Seren, 2009)

Whiteout (with Richard Marggraf Turley; Parthian, 2006).


Poet’s Graves/Beddau’r Beirdd (with Mererid Hopwood; photographs by Paul White; Gomer, 2014)

Ancestral Houses: The Lost Mansions of Wales/ Tai Mawr a Mieri: Plastai Coll Cymru (with Siân Melangell Dafydd; photographs by Paul White; Gomer, 2012)





  • Walford Davies, D. 2018. Paradise destroyed. In: Dead Ground. Clutag Press, pp. 125-134.


























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The main fields of my research are Romanticism, in particular  the relation between literature and politics in the age of revolution; the wider  material cultures of the Romantic period; Romantic historicism and the  methodologies of Romantic Studies; Romanticism and geography/cartography; Welsh  Writing in English; twentieth-century poetry; and Creative Writing (in  particular poetry and ekphrasis/word-and-image) -“ together, of course, with the  interfaces between these periods/disciplines.

I am currently completing the co-authored final  volume of the Oxford Literary History of  Wales, of which I am General Editor.

I am interested in theorising the methods we deploy  as literary critics and editors to seek to know the Romantic period. One of  my current projects is an edited collection entitled Counterfactual Romanticism, which explores the what ifs of literary history in order get a fresh purchase on the  material contexts of Romantic literary production.

Other projects include the  Cambridge edition of Thomas Love Peacock'™s novel, The Misfortunes of Elphin (1829); articles on Romantic-period  cartography; the creative word-and-image project, Poets'™ Graves (Gomer, 2014); and a book-length ghost story in verse,  set in late-Victorian Cardiff, entitled Docklands. I am also developing a  project that explores the ways in which birds figure as both natural phenomena  and symbols in the literature and culture of the Romantic period.


Ar hyn o bryd rwy'n Ddirprwy Is-Ganghellor ac felly mae fy amser addysgu'n gyfyngedig, ond mae fy mhortffolio cwricwlwm yn cynnwys modiwlau israddedig ac MA ar Ramantiaeth, Ysgrifennu Cymraeg mewn Saesneg ac Ysgrifennu Creadigol. Rwy'n parhau i oruchwylio myfyrwyr PhD ac yn croesawu ceisiadau yn y meysydd uchod.


Damian joined the School of English,  Communication & Philosophy at Cardiff in 2013 from Aberystwyth University,  where he was Head of the Department of English & Creative Writing and  Rendel Chair of English.

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

I am Chair of Literature Wales, the national  company for the promotion of literature, and a Fellow of the Welsh Academy. I  am a member of the Editorial Panel of University of Wales Press and  serve on the committee of Wales's premier poetry magazine, Poetry Wales.

Meysydd goruchwyliaeth

Rwy'n croesawu ceisiadau am astudiaeth PhD ym meysydd llenyddiaeth a diwylliant y cyfnod Rhamantaidd; daearyddiaeth lenyddol/cartograffeg; Ysgrifennu Cymraeg yn Saesneg; ac Ysgrifennu Creadigol (epsecially poetry).