The Welsh World in J. Wain’s Novel “A Winter in the Hills” Cover Image

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The Welsh World in J. Wain’s Novel “A Winter in the Hills”

Author(s): Z. R. Zinnatullina, A. A. Khaibullina
Subject(s): Inter-Ethnic Relations, Theory of Literature, British Literature
Published by: Казанский (Приволжский) федеральный университет
Keywords: English literature; John Wayne; Wales; national character; interethnic interaction;

Summary/Abstract: This paper examines the image of the Welsh world in John Wain’s novel “A Winter in the Hills” (1970). John Barrington Wain is a British writer, one of the founders of the “angry young men” movement. The development of relations between the Englishman Roger Furnivall (“foe”) and the Welsh (“friend”) is in the center of the plot. Roger arrives to the province to study the language and behaves quite detached and arrogant. Taking a sabbatical in North Wales to learn the language, Roger expects a long and dreary winter of linguistic study, but instead quickly finds himself drawn into the drama of local affairs. The relationship between Roger and the locals is changing gradually. The characters move from the original model of “colonizer – native” towards the full acceptance and understanding of each other. An important part of the novel is a created by the writer's image of the Welsh world. Basically, it is filled with a positive connotation and represents a patriarchal society. The main components of this image in the novel are language, retrospect, and appeal to the cultural traditions of Welsh. The writer draws a parallel between the heroes of the work and the outstanding historical personalities of Wales. The features of Welsh national character are also revealed through the main characters of the novel.

  • Issue Year: 160/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 175-186
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Russian