Colloquium: Jacob Rawlins

Date(s) - 10/07/2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


This week’s colloquium will feature Jacob Rawlins, Associate Professor of Linguistics, on Thursday October 7th at 3:00 pm in 4010 JFSB.

Title: Secret Presses and the Prostitute Press: The Colorful History of Welsh Publishing

The Welsh people and the Welsh language have survived invasion, migration, oppression, revolt, resistance, religious and social upheaval, and economic depression. The books of Wales chronicle this story and the Welsh people’s endurance through centuries of upheaval and oppression. But the story of how the books of Wales were created and preserved is almost as intriguing as the history of the nation. Publishing history in Wales is a story of creativity, loss, subterfuge, and conflict. The books that have been preserved—ancient law-books, medieval religious works, unique Welsh mythologies, secretly printed Catholic tracts, poetry, songs, social commentaries, and modern novels—tell the publishing history of a tiny nation with an enduring literary legacy that has an outsized influence on culture and literature far beyond the Welsh borders.


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