Dr Stephen Hendon

Dr Stephen Hendon

Honorary Research Fellow, English Literature

School of English, Communication and Philosophy


Steve  is currently researching the texts of Welsh writers who were publishing during  the inter-war years, with a particular emphasis on the way in which issues of  masculinity are represented. 2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First  World War and this anniversary makes it especially appropriate to examine the  dehumanizing process which that war imposed on the men who fought in it, a  process that continued into the 1920s and 1930s period of industrial decline on  the ‘home front’.

The  aim of the research is to publish a book that analyses ‘men as men’ to  complement recent publications on gender studies in Wales which focus on issues  of female identity. Steve is interested in extending his research beyond Welsh  writers to those of other nationalities, and in this context his approach is  comparative. The intention is to recover a Welsh masculine identity which hitherto  could be said to be taken as read.


‘Civilizing  the Natives: Henry M. Stanley’s and Joseph Conrad’s Narratives of Identity’, in  Katie Gramich (ed), Almanac: A Yearbook  of Welsh Writing in English: Critical Essays, Vol. 14, 2009-10, (Cardigan:  Parthian, 2010)

‘“Everything  is Fluid in Me”: A Postcolonial Approach to Alun Lewis’s In the Green Tree (1948)’ in Katie Gramich (ed.), Mapping the Territory: Critical Approaches  to Welsh Fiction in English, (Cardigan: Parthian, 2010)

Steve was a student at the Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning before  undertaking a degree at the Open University between 2000 and 2005. He graduated  with a BA (Honours) in Literature. As a part-time research student, he  completed a PhD in 2010 at Cardiff University. His thesis compared the writings  of the Welsh writer Alun Lewis with those of Joseph Conrad by deploying  postcolonial and gender theory. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Postcolonial  approaches to literature, Gender  issues in Welsh Writing in English