Cymru, cenedligrwydd a theatr genedlaethol: Dilyn y gwys neu dorri cwys newydd?


Cymru, cenedligrwydd a theatr genedlaethol: Dilyn y gwys neu dorri cwys newydd?
(Wales, nationality and national theatre: Following suit or breaking new ground?)

Anwen Jones

This article is a study of the relationship between nationality and national theatre in Wales from the nineteenth century up to the present day. Welsh nationality is considered in the context of contemporary discussion by the pioneering critics Umut Özkirimli and Hans Kohn on concepts of the nation. The article aims to look into the crucial questions which arise from the historical and current relationships between national theatre, as an arts exercise, and a political expression of national identity in Wales. The significance of national theatre as a tool for expressing national identity is assessed and it is questioned whether the new national theatres of the twenty first century refer back to traditional concepts of the nation and nationality or do they instead exercise a new kind of modern nationality which is defined as ‘an interaction of cultural coalescence and specific political intervention’?


Reference:

 
  	Anwen Jones, 'Cymru, cenedligrwydd a theatr genedlaethol: Dilyn y gwys neu dorri cwys newydd?', Gwerddon, 8, July 2011, 45-55.
   

Keywords

 
    Drama, national theatre, nationality, Umut Ă–zkirimli, Hans Kohn.