BA (Dunelm) PhD (Wales) Director, CREW

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Professor Kirsti Bohata
BA (Dunelm), PhD (Wales), FHEA 
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Keir Hardie Rm 209

Kirsti Bohata works in the fields of Welsh writing in English and postcolonial theory, with particular interest in the late ninteteenth century. An interest in interdisciplinary research has led to funded projects on disability and literature, literary geographies and digital humanities.  Current research focuses on women's writing from Wales. She is Director of CREW (the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales).

She is the author of Postcolonialism Revisited: Writing Wales in English (UWP 2004; reprinted 2009) and recent publications includthe co-edited volume Rediscovering Margiad Evans: Marginality, Gender and Illness (UWP, 2013) and contributions to Blackwell's Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature ed. Dino Felluga et al (2015), TheCambridge Handbook to British Fiction since 1945 ed. David James (2015) and Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume 7: British and Irish Fiction Since 1940, ed. Peter Boxall and Bryan Cheyette (OUP, 2016).



Welsh writing in English, Disability and Literature, Postcolonial Theory, Fin de Siècle, Literature and Place, Digital Humanities



(2015-         ) MA by Research 'The Representation of Work and Industrial Relations in the Literature of South Wales between the Wars'

(2012 - 2016) PhD 'Disability and Coalfields Literature c. 1880-1948: a comparative study' [Welcome Trust]

(2010 - 2014) PhD 'Disability in Contemporary Welsh Writing in English'



Co-Investigator, AHRC Research Grant (2016-2018): A New Literary Geography: Establishing a Digital Literary Atlas of Wales and its Borderlands (£617,614)

Co-Applicant, Wellcome Trust Programme Award (2011-2016): Disability and Industrial Society: A Comparative Cultural History of British Coalfields, 1780-1948 (£972,051)

AHRC Fellowship (2012): Difference and Desire: homoeroticism, gender and nation in the life and fiction of Amy Dillwyn (£40,069)

British Academy, Small Research Grant (2010): Digital Scholarly Edition of the Diaries of Amy Dillwyn and Winifred Coombe Tennant: Primary Archival Research and Digital Modelling (£1,554)


National Adviser to the Arts Council of Wales

Co-Editor (with Daniel G. Williams) of the Writing Wales in English Series (University of Wales Press)

Associate Editor (UK), Women's Writing, Taylor and Francis

Director, CREW: Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales, Swansea University

Co-Chair, Association of Welsh Writing in English (AWWE)

Member, Advisory Board of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Kirsti Bohata's Publications

Books, Edited Collections, Essays, Articles, Selected Lectures and Conference Papers



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2004 (reprinted 2009) Postcolonialism Revisited: Writing Wales in English (Cardiff: University of Wales Press). Review in The Modern Language Review, 101: 3 (July 2006).


Edited Books:

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2013, co-editor with Katie Gramich, Rediscovering Margiad Evans: Marginality, Gender and Illness (Cardiff: University of Wales Press)

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2013, Jill by Amy Dillwyn, edited with an Introduction (Dinas Powys: Honno)

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2008 Stranger Within the Gates: Selected Stories, Bertha Thomas, (ed. & intro.) Kirsti Bohata (Dinas Powys: Honno


Guest Edited Journals:

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2014 Guest Editor with Matthew Jarvis, International Journal of Welsh Writing in English Volume 2 (Literary Topographies)

2010 Guest Editor with Susan Schriebman, International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, 4.1-2 (Double Issue)


Chapters in Books:

June 2016 “A queer kind of fancy”: same-sex desire, women and nation in Welsh literature. inQueer Wales: The History, Culture and Politics of Queer Life in Wales, ed.Huw Osborne  Cardiff: University of Wales Press.

2016: 'Welsh Fiction in English: 1979, 1997 and After', in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: British and Irish Fiction, 1940-2000, eds. Peter Boxall and Bryan Cheyette (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

2015: 'Welsh Fiction',The Cambridge Companion to the British Fiction Since 1945, ed. David James, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2015: 'Wales and Victorian Literature', in Blackwell's Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature. eds. Dino Felluga, Pamela K. Gilbert and Linda K. Hughes, Blackwells.

2015: Apes and Cannibals in Cambria: Literary Representations of the Racial and Gendered Other', in A Tolerant Nation? Revisiting Ethnic Diversity in a Devolved Wales, eds. Charlotte Williams, Neil Evans & Paul O'Leary, (pp. 85-105). Cardiff: University of Wales Press [Second Edition]

2014: Celtic Cousins? George Moore's The Untilled Field and Caradoc Evans's My People', iGeorge Moore: Influence and Collaboration, eds. Ann Heilmann and Mark Llewellyn, (pp. 167-186). University of Delaware Press.

2013: 'The Apparitional Lover: Homoerotic and Lesbian Imagery in the Writing of Margiad Evans', in Rediscovering Margiad Evans: Marginality, Gender and Illness, eds. Kirsti Bohata and Katie Gramich (Cardiff: University of Wales Press).

2009 '"Unhomely moments": Reading and Writing Nation in Welsh Female Gothic' , in The Female Gothic, eds. Andrew Smith and Diana Wallace (Palgrave). [Review in Times Higher Education, 3 June 2010].

2005 'Excessive Appetites: Cannibalism and Lesbianism' in Spoiling the Cannibal's Fun?: Cannibalism and Cannibalisation in Culture and Elsewhere [Literary and Cultural Theory Series, Vol. 20] ed. by Wojciech H Kalaga & Tadeusz Rachwal (Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, New York, Paris, Wien: Peter Lang Publishing), 81-91.

2004 'Bertha Thomas: The New Woman and Anglo-Welsh Hybridity', in New Woman Hybridities: Femininity, Feminism and International Consumer Culture, 1880-1930, ed. by Ann Heilmann (London: Routledge), 17-34. [Review in Literature and History, 15: 2 (Autumn 2006)]

2004 'En-gendering a New Wales: Female Allegories, Home Rule and Imperialism 1890-1910', Beyond the Difference: Welsh Literature in Comparative Contexts, eds. Daniel Williams & Alyce von Rothkirch (Cardiff: University of Wales Press), 57-70.

2003 'Apes and Cannibals: Literary Representations of the Racial Other', in A Tolerant Nation? - Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Wales, ed. by Charlotte Williams, Neil Evans and Paul O'Leary (Cardiff: University of Wales Press), 61-76.

2001'The Black Venus: Atavistic Sexualities', in Rhys Davies: Decoding the Hare, ed. by Meic Stephens (Cardiff: University of Wales Press), 231-243.

2001 'Beyond Authenticity: Hybridity and Assimilation in Welsh Writing in English', in Nations and Relations: Writing Across the British Isles, ed. by Tony Brown & Russell Stephens (Cardiff: New Welsh Review), 89-121.

Articles in Refereed Journals:

2012 Co-authored with Steven Lovatt, 'The Russian Rioter: Amy Dillwyn's The Rebecca Rioter in Otechestvennye zapiski, in Almanac: A Yearbook of Welsh Writing in English Vol 16 (2012) 1-30.

2003 Co-authored with Roger Robinson, 'Vogel in Wales: Anno Domini 2000, “Lady Gwen” and the Federated Empire', in The Journal of New Zealand Literature, No. 21, special edition on 'NZ in the UK', guest edited by Stuart Murray, 140-146.

2002/03 '“For Wales See England”? Suffrage and the New Woman in Wales', Words as Deeds: Literary and Historical Perspectives on Women's Suffrage, a special issue of Women's History Review, guest ed. by Ann Heilmann, 643-656.

2000 'Apes and Cannibals in Cambria: Images of the Racial and Gendered Other in Welsh Gothic Writing', in Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays Vol. 6, 119-143.

Other Selected Publications:

2011 'Maps of the Dead: Tristan Hughes and Rural Gothic', New Welsh Review, 92 (Summer 2011) 11-16.

2008 ‘Writing Women’s Literary Histories’ (including a review of Twentieth Century Women's Writing in Wales: Land, Gender, Belonging by Katie Gramich), New Welsh Review, 80 (Summer 2008)

2005 'Psycho-colonialism Revisited', New Welsh Review, Issue 69, Autumn, 31-39.

2003 lead author and researcher, with Sonia Reynolds, Engaging Communities in Learning (Cardiff: Education and Learning for Wales, ELWa).

2001 'A Place without Boundaries: The Fiction of Christopher Meredith', Planet: The Welsh Internationalist, no. 145, 77-82.


2013 'Amy Dillwyn: industrialist, novelist, feminist', International Women's Day, Morgan's Hotel, Swansea, 8 March.

2012 'Amy Dillwyn: love and life', Port Talbot History Society, 5 December.

2012 'Llandeilo's Literary Ladies: Bertha Thomas', Dinefwr Literature Festival, July.

2012 'Amy Dillwyn and the Rebecca Rioter', a lecture and literary tour, 21 July.

2012 'Man of Business: Amy Dillwyn', Dillwyn Day: Science Culture Society, National Watefront Museum, 22 June 2012.

2004 'Postcolonialism Revisited', Public Lecture at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea


Invited Papers

2012  ‘Before Sexology: Masquerade, Inversion and Welsh Nationalism in Amy Dillwyn’s Novels and Diaries’, at ‘Sexology and Translation: Scientific and Cultural Encounters in the Modern World, 1860-1930’, a two-day symposium at Birkbeck, University of London, 14-15 June 2012, Funded by the Wellcome Trust and BiGS.

2008 'Peasants and Parishoners: Caradoc Evans and George Moore', Ireland-Wales Network (AHRC), Cardiff University

2008 'Tethered Women in Cow Halters: George Moore's The Untilled Field and Caradoc Evans's My People', University of Glamorgan

2005 'Writing and Publishing your first Book' at the 'Disseminating Your Research' AHRB/C funded Gregynog Postgraduate Conference

2004 'Colonial and Postcolonial Wales' , part of The Ferguson Centre for African Studies and The Empire and Commonwealth Museum Open Door Seminar series, 'Conquests, Commodities and Cultures', at the Empire and Commonwealth Museum, Bristol

2002 'En-gendering a New Wales: Welsh women's writing in English', at 'Wales: The Re-Imagined Nation', Annual Conference of the Association for Welsh Writing in English conference, Gregynog, Newtown

Selected Conference Papers

2011 'What's the difference between Sarah Waters and Margiad Evans? Margiad Evans and Englishness', Hyphenating Englishness: The Welsh Presence in English Culture: 1860 - 1960, Swansea University

2011, with Steven Lovatt, 'Rioters and Revolutionaries: The Russian Rebecca Rioter', Wales and Revolution, Annual Conference of the Association for Welsh Writing in English, Gregynog, Newtown

2010, with George Buchanan, 'Digital Libraries of Scholarly Editions', Digital Humanities 2010, Kings College London. (ISBN 978-0-9565793-0-0), or at the conference website.]

2010, 'Cross-class Eroticism in Nineteenth-Century Lesbian Literature', Canons and Canon-Building: Framing the Literatures of Wales, Annual Conference of the Association for Welsh Writing in English, Gregynog, Newtown

2008 'Tethered Women in Cow Halters: George Moore's The Untilled Field and Caradoc Evans's My People', George Moore and His Contemporaries, University of Hull

2008 '"Off with that dress!" Costume, Class and Disguise in the fiction of Amy Dillwyn', NAASWCH, Toronto University, Canada

2004 Hilda Vaughan and the Great (land) War, at 'Wales and War', Association for Welsh Writing in English Conference, Gregynog, Newtown.

2001 'Woman as Wales: Performing Nation and Empire', at 'Victorian Performances: The Second Annual Conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies', Lancaster.

2001 'Conflicting Loyalties? Feminism and Nationalism during the Cymru Fydd movement in Wales (1888-1905)', as a member of a panel on 'Print Culture on the Periphery', chaired by David Finkelstein (Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh), at the annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publication, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

2001 'Conflicting Loyalties?: Feminism and Nationalism in Wales', at 'The 1890s: An Interdisciplinary Conference', Newcastle.

2000 'The New Woman in Wales', at 'The New Woman in the National and International Periodical Press: 1880 to the 1920s', Manchester.

2000 'Apes and Cannibals in Cambria: Images of the Racial and Gendered Other in Gothic Writing in Wales', at 'Wales and the Welsh 2000', Aberystwyth.

2000 'Apes and Cannibals in Cambria: Images of the Racial and Gendered Other in Gothic Writing in Wales', at 'Wales and the Welsh 2000', Aberystwyth.