Professor Damian Walford Davies
Head of School
I am part of the School's English Literature research group.
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.
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.
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.