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Dr Siwan Rosser


Dr Siwan Rosser Position: Lecturer Email:
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 76287
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Extension: 74843
Location: John Percival Building

Research Interests

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 concentrating on the nature and significance of Welsh children's literature. This is an interesting and important field which has not received much academic attention so far. I am mostly interested in matters to do with nationalism, gender and multiculturalism in Welsh children's literature.

Teaching Profile

BA in Welsh: Year One First Language
  • CY1743 Llenyddiaeth Gymraeg
  • CY1744 O Destun i Draethawd
BA in Welsh: Year Two and Final Year
  • CY3310 Llenyddiaeth Plant
  • CY2318 Dadeni a Diwygiad 1550-1900
  • CY?? Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Gwerin
  • CY3900 Blas ar Ymchwil
  • CY3905 Ymchwilio Estynedig
Director of MA in Welsh and Celtic Studies
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Invited Lectures

20 April 2009

Poetry and Childhood Conference, The British Library: 'Rhyming the Nation: Welsh Poetry for Children'

4 August 2004

Amy Parry-Williams Memorial Lecture, Welsh Folk-Song Society: 'Baledi'r Ffin' (English influences on 18th-century Welsh ballads)

10 September 2005

Friends of the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth: 'Y Ferch ym Myd y Faled' (The representation of women in ballads)

6 August 2007

T. H. Parry-Williams Memorial Lecture, The Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion: ‘Ynom mae y Clawdd? Cresoi Ffiniau Llenyddol’ (Poetry of the Wales-England border)

27 November 2007

Annual Conference of the Cardiff Centre for Welsh American Studies: ‘‘Albert Maywood; neu Fywyd ymysg yr Indiaid’: Brodorion America, Thomas Levi a Dechreuadau’r Stori Antur i Blant’ (The beginnings of Welsh children’s literature)




I am currently tracing the development of Welsh children's literature from the beginning of the 19th century onwards. Main themes include the didactic content of the religious magazines for Victorian children and the endeavours of late 19th-century nationalists to use literature to inspire patriotic loyalty amongst young readers. I am also researching the development of literary genres in the 20th century such as the adventure story and teenage fiction.

Postgraduate Students

Current Research Students

Mari Deiniol: MPhil Creative and Critical Writing (with Prof. Sioned Davies)
Ffion Pritchard: MPhil Translating Children's Literature into Welsh (with Prof. Sioned Davies)
Awen Schiavone: MPhil Barti Ddu T. Llew Jones - post-colonial adventure novel?(with Prof. Sioned Davies)
Lisa Sheppard: PhD Multiculturalism, Bilingualism, and the 'Other' Welsh in South Wales's fiction, 1990-2010 (with Prof. Katie Gramich)
Lisa Sheppard: MPhil Ysgrifennu Creadigol a Beirniadol (wedi cwblhau)

Arholwr Allanol

2011 Menna Wyn: The transition of fairytales by Charles Perrault, Antoine Galland, the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson into Welsh (1899–1991)
2010 Leah Angharad Jenkins: Reactionary literature to the Beca Riots from 1839 to 1945