Dr Stephen Hendon
Postcolonial approaches to literature, Gender issues in Welsh Writing in English
‘Civilizing the Natives: Henry M. Stanley’s and Joseph Conrad’s Narratives of Identity’, in Katie Gramich (ed), Almanac: A Yearbook of Welsh Writing in English: Critical Essays, Vol. 14, 2009-10, (Cardigan: Parthian, 2010)
‘“Everything is Fluid in Me”: A Postcolonial Approach to Alun Lewis’s In the Green Tree (1948)’ in Katie Gramich (ed.), Mapping the Territory: Critical Approaches to Welsh Fiction in English, (Cardigan: Parthian, 2010)
Steve is currently researching the texts of Welsh writers who were publishing during the inter-war years, with a particular emphasis on the way in which issues of masculinity are represented. 2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War and this anniversary makes it especially appropriate to examine the dehumanizing process which that war imposed on the men who fought in it, a process that continued into the 1920s and 1930s period of industrial decline on the ‘home front’.
The aim of the research is to publish a book that analyses ‘men as men’ to complement recent publications on gender studies in Wales which focus on issues of female identity. Steve is interested in extending his research beyond Welsh writers to those of other nationalities, and in this context his approach is comparative. The intention is to recover a Welsh masculine identity which hitherto could be said to be taken as read.
Steve was a student at the Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning before undertaking a degree at the Open University between 2000 and 2005. He graduated with a BA (Honours) in Literature. As a part-time research student, he completed a PhD in 2010 at Cardiff University. His thesis compared the writings of the Welsh writer Alun Lewis with those of Joseph Conrad by deploying postcolonial and gender theory. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy.