Dr Siwan Rosser
My main area of research focuses on Welsh popular literature, best-selling texts with mass appeal that have been largely ignored by traditional literary criticism in Wales, despite, or even because of their popularity. My first major volume Y Ferch ym Myd y Faled: Delweddau o'r Ferch ym Maledi'r Ddeunawfed Ganrif explored the representation of women in eighteenth-century ballads.
More recently, I have been exploring Welsh-language children's literature. This vast and significant body of literature has received very little academic scrutiny; like popular literature, often falling below the critic's radar. However preliminary research in this area discloses how these texts for young readers form a complex literary and pedagogic discourse involving language, ethnicity and gender. I am mainly interested in the dynamic relationship between children's literature and its cultural and social environment, especially in the context of linguistic marginalisation.
Chair of Culture of the 18-19c. Section, Alumni Association, University of Wales.
Member of the Children's Book Panel, Welsh Books Council.
Member of Panel for Welsh, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.
Committees and reviewing
Admissions and Recruitment, AHSS