Dr Tomos Owen

Tomos Owen
Dr Tomos Owen
01248 383612
Room 304, New Arts


I joined the School of English in August 2013, having previously been a Postdoctoral Fellow and later a lecturer at Cardiff University. I have also previously taught at Swansea University, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC) and the University of Glamorgan. I have teaching and research interests in the following areas: the literatures of Britain and Ireland, with a specific focus on Welsh writing (in both languages); modernism; contemporary writing; the literature and culture of the city, with a particular focus on the London Welsh.


  •  Year One Co-ordinator



  • QXE4044 Welsh Writing in English

  • QXE4015: Introduction to Literary Theory, Scholarship and Research


Year 1

  • QXE1010 Approaches to Literature A

  • QXE1011 Approaches to Literature B

  • QXE1006 Exploring America

Year 2

  • QXE2006 Early Twentieth-Century Literature

  • QXE2007 Literature since 1945


Year 3

  • QXE-3099-0 The English Dissertation

  • QXE30310 Welsh Writing in English


Research Interests:

My forthcoming monograph is a study of London-Welsh writing at the turn of the twentieth century, concentrating mainly on Ernest Rhys, Arthur Machen, W.H. Davies and Caradoc Evans, but also seeking to embed these writers’ works within a broader literary and cultural milieu. I am also interested in contemporary writing, and have edited two anthologies of new writing for Parthian. I am currently working on two essay-length projects: the first explores the formal hybridity of contemporary Welsh women’s writing, focusing in particular on writing produced in the wake of the departure of heavy industry. The second compares the work of W.H. Davies and Charlie Chaplin, and forms a preliminary part of my next long-term project. This is an investigation of questions of vagrancy and itinerancy, looking specifically at the complex relationships between the figure of the tramp and the landscape of modernity, and considering work by figures including Davies, Chaplin, James Agee and others.

I would be interested in supervising research in any of the following areas:

Welsh Writing in English; the literatures of Britain and Ireland from the late nineteenth century to the present; the city in literary culture; riots in literature; itinerancy and modernity.

Main Publications:


  • Formations of London-Welsh Writing, 1873-1915 (under contract with University of Wales Press for inclusion in the ‘Writing Wales in English’ series)


  • ‘From Slum to Capel Sion: The Early Fiction of Caradoc Evans and the Prehistory of “Anglo-Welsh Literature”’, Almanac: Yearbook of Welsh Writing in English, 16 (2012), 121-50

  • ‘The London Kelt 1895-1914: Performing Welshness, Imagining Wales’, Almanac: Yearbook of Welsh Writing in English, 13 (2009), 109-25

Book Chapters

  • ‘“Never Again Stop the Way of a Welshman”: Rioting and Rebellion in Amy Dillwyn’s The Rebecca Rioter’, in Gerald Porter and David Bell (eds.) Riots in Literature (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008), pp. 51-74

Reviews, encyclopaedia entries and other publications

  • Review of Tony Murray, London Irish Fictions (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012), in Literature and History (forthcoming, 2014)

  • ‘Afterword’, in W.H. Davies, The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp, Library of Wales series (Parthian, 2013), pp.

  • Review of Penny Thomas and Stephanie Tillotson (eds), All Shall Be Well: 25 at 25: A Quarter of a Century's Great Writing from the Women of Wales (Dinas Powys: Honno, 2012), New Welsh Review, (September 2012), pp. 89-91.

  • Review of Tessa Hadley, Married Love (London: Jonathan Cape, 2012), New Welsh Review online

  • ‘Arthur Machen’, in The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of the Gothic, ed. by Andrew Smith, William Hughes and David Punter (Oxford: Blackwell, 2012)

  • ed., Nu 2: Memorable Firsts (Parthian, 2011)

  • ‘Notes on the Text’ and ‘Biography’, in Arthur Machen, ‘The Great God Pan’/‘The Shining Pyramid’/ ‘The White People’, Library of Wales series (Parthian, 2010)

  • ‘Notes on the Text’ and ‘Biography’, in Arthur Machen, The Hill of Dreams, Library of Wales series (Parthian, 2010)

  • ed., Nu: Fiction and Stuff (Parthian, 2009)

  • ‘Renewed: New Writing in Wales’, A470, 54 (December 2009/January 2010), p. 5

Selected recent papers:

  • ‘Moving at the Speed of Thought: Walking and Writing through Wales’, Roads to the Nation: A Symposium on the History, Culture and Theory of Roads, hosted by the Ireland-Wales Research Network, University College, Cork 2 May 2013

  • ‘Wales at Three Miles an Hour: Ernest Rhys, W.H. Davies, and Walks through South Wales’, Literary Topographies: Mapping Welsh Writing in English, Association for Welsh Writing in English Conference, Gregynog Hall, Newtown, 23 March 2013

  • ‘Itinerant Masculinities from Wales to America: Freeways, Super-Tramps and Hoboes by Choice’, The North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History International Conference of Welsh Studies, Bangor University, 27 July 2012

  • ‘Hoboes and Super-Tramps: The Tramp and the Landscape of Modernity’, Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy Postdoctoral Research Seminar, 10 May 2012

  • ‘Dreaming of Hills; or, Hills of Dreams: Welsh Writing in London at the Turn of the Twentieth Century’, Literary London Annual Conference, University of London, 22 July 2011

  • ‘Spectres of Wales in Victorian England: Matthew Arnold and Arthur Machen’, Hyphenating Englishness, Swansea University, 13 May 2011 (invited)

  • ‘Problems of Form in Post-industrial Women’s Writing in Wales’, Contemporary Women’s Writing: New Texts, Approaches, and Technologies, Contemporary Women’s Writing Annual Conference, San Diego State University, 8 July 2010

  • ‘Arthur Machen: Imagining Wales from London’, Gothic Locations (Inaugural Conference of the Wales and West Gothic Network), Cardiff University, 19 September 2008

  • ‘Constructing Wales from London in the London Kelt’, The North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History International Conference of Welsh Studies, University of Toronto, Canada, 1 August 2008