March 7, 2014
More than 70 people, including Professor Julie Lydon, Vice-Chancellor of the University and Janine Griffiths-Baker, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Society, attended last night’s Ursula Masson Memorial lecture, organised with the support of Women’s Archive of Wales and New Law Solicitors.
In her talk 'The Soldier’s Return’, Katie Gramich , Professor of English Literature at Cardiff University,
provided an into Welsh Women’s Writing in the First World War.
Dr Ruth Gaffney-Rhys, co-director of the Centre for Gender Studies in Wales, said: “Professor Katie Gramich gave an extremely interesting and thought provoking lecture on women writing the first world war, with particular emphasis on the experience of Welsh women.
“I was so drawn in by the subject matter that straight after the lecture I bought a novel by Kate Roberts, one of the writers mentioned by Professor Gramich.”
Professor Gramich said: “'I felt honoured to be invited to give the Ursula Masson Memorial lecture this year. Ursula was a widely-admired and pioneering scholar of Welsh women’s history and also a personal friend, much missed. My paper focused on Welsh women’s writing of the First World War, in both Welsh and English, and I hope that it proved interesting for both the historians and the literary specialists in the audience. I was particularly pleased that the audience was so mixed in terms of gender and age; it shows that women’s studies is now a mainstream and vibrant academic field.”