University of Exeter Press

Cornish Studies Volume 20

    • 272 Pages

    The twentieth volume in the acclaimed paperback series . . . the only county series that can legitimately claim to represent the past and present of a nation. Cornish Studies has consistently - and successfully - sought to investigate and understand the complex nature of Cornish identity, as well as to discuss its implications for society and governance in contemporary Cornwall. Publication of Cornish Studies: Twenty marks two decades of this internationally acclaimed paperback series The volume discusses Cornish medieval and early modern studies, examines the efforts of Cornish language revivalists past and present, and considers the relation between Cornish folk tradition and Cornish identity, as well as evaluating Cornish literature in Cornwall and Australia, investigating the distinctive features of Cornish politics in the first half of the twentieth century, analysing the separation of wives and husbands during Cornwall’s ‘Great Emigration, and reviewing Cornish mine accidents.

    “For the past twenty years, Cornish Studies has stood at the very heart of the ongoing scholarly conversation over what it means – and what is has meant – to be Cornish.  Interdisciplinary and internationalist in its approach, the series adopts a wide variety of perspectives in order to set the people of Cornwall – and the wider Cornish diaspora – in a truly global context”.

    Mark Stoyle, Professor of History, University of Southampton

    The twentieth volume in the acclaimed paperback series . . . the only county series that can legitimately claim to represent the past and present of a nation.


    1. Bernard Deacon, Philip Payton

    2. Mending the gap in the Medieval, Modern and Post-modern in New Cornish Studies: ‘Celtic’ materialism and the potential of presentism, Alan M. Kent

    3. Tristram Winslade – The Desperate Heart of a Catholic in exile, Cheryl Hayden

    4. William Gwavas and a Lost Cornish Vocabulary fragment at Trinity College Dublin, Sharon Lowenna

    5. Cornish Linguistic Landscape, Neil Kennedy

    The Celto-Cornish Movement and Folk Revival: Competing speech communities, Merv Davey

    6. ‘The Spectral Bridegroom’: A study in Cornish Folklore, Ronald M. James

    7. Rural Geographies: The figure in the landscape in literature of Cornwall, Gemma Goodman

    8. Cornish-Australian identity and the novels of Rosanne Hawke, Emma Bennett

    9. ‘Husband Abroad’: Quantifying spousal separation associated with emigration in nineteenth-century Cornwall, Lesley Trotter

    10. Accidental injury in Cornish Mines, 1900–1950,  Allen Buckley

    11. ‘A Shrewd Choice’: Isaac Foot and Cornish politics in the General Election of 1910’, Garry Tregidga

    12. The Inter-War Cornish By-Elections: Microcosm of ‘Rebellion’?, John Ault

    13. Bernard Deacon: Bibliography

    Notes on Contributors

    Philip Payton is Professor of Cornish & Australian Studies in the University of Exeter and Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies at the University’s Cornwall campus.  He is also the author of A.L. Rowse and Cornwall: A Paradoxical Patriot (UEP, 2005, paperback 2007), Making Moonta: The Invention of ‘Australia’s Little Cornwall’ (UEP, 2007), John Betjeman and Cornwall: 'The Celebrated Cornish Nationalist' (UEP, 2010), Regional Australia and the Great War: ‘The Boys from Old Kio’,and numerous other books on Cornwall and the Cornish.