Religion, Repression and Sexual Violence

Part of the Macmillan Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature book series


Dylan Thomas’s early stories present a number of problems for the reader. They are unconventional even by the standards of Joyce and Chekhov. They contain few clearly defined characters, shift confusingly between symbolism and realism, and, in sometimes bizarre ways, tend to sexual violence.


Sexual Violence Natural Instinct Sexual Connotation Early Story Sexual Repression 
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  1. 1.
    William T. Moynihan, The Craft and Art of Dylan Thomas (London: Oxford University Press, 1966) p. 53.Google Scholar
  2. See also John Ackerman, Dylan Thomas: His Life and Work (London: Oxford University Press, 1964).Google Scholar
  3. 11.
    Raymond Williams, ‘Dylan Thomas’s Play for Voices’, The Critical Quarterly 1 (Spring, 1959) 26.Google Scholar
  4. 13.
    David Holbrook, ‘Two Welsh Writers: T. F. Powys and Dylan Thomas’, The Pelican Guide to English Literature: The Modern Age, ed. Boris Ford (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1961) p. 417.Google Scholar

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© Linden Peach 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Goldsmiths’ CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

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