Dr Siwan Rosser

Dr Siwan Rosser


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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.

Professional memberships

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.

University committees

Admissions and Recruitment, AHSS

International Steering Committee, AHSS