Professor Damian Walford Davies

Professor Damian Walford Davies

Head of School

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

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2.72, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Welsh speaking

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.

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.

He is Chair of Literature Wales, one of the national companies of Wales, and Chair of the Board of Cardiff University Press.

Professional memberships

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.

Speaking engagements

I have co-organised three major international  conferences: Romanticism, History,  Historicism (2004); Romanticism,  Environment, Crisis (2006); and The Wye Valley: Romantic Representations,  1640 - “1830 (2012). I  welcome the opportunity to co-organise Romantic Studies conferences -“ at  Cardiff and elsewhere - in the areas noted above.

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.