Paul W. BIRT

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Paul W. BIRT
Acting Chair of Celtic Studies and Visiting Professor

PhD, University of Wales, Bangor
MA, University of Wales, Lampeter

MHN 212

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 3767

Work E-mail: pwbirt@uOttawa.ca

Paul Birt

Biography

University degrees

PhD, University of Wales, Bangor
MA, University of Wales, Lampeter

Courses taught

  • CLT1110 Introduction to Irish Language, Literature and Folklore I
  • CLT1120 Introduction to Welsh Language and Literature I
  • CLT1155 Celtic Woman: Myth and Reality

Research and publications

His research area is comparative literatures of lesser-used languages of Western Europe. That led to his most recent book, Cerddi Alltudiaeth, published by the University of Wales Press in 1997.

Since 1998, Professor Birt has been researching the writings of the first generation of Welsh settlers in Patagonia, Argentina, from 1875 to 1900. The aim of the research is to make primary texts by Patagonian Welsh writers of the period more available and to reassess the identity shift and cultural survival reflected in their writings. The first of these texts, Gwaith a Bywyd John Daniel Evans, appeared in 2002.

Fields of Interest

  • Modern Welsh Literature
  • The Welsh in Argentina
  • Early Celtic Narrative
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