Sara Borda Green (Prifysgol Bangor)
This article explores some aspects of the way in which Welsh Patagonia is represented in Separado! (2010), an experimental documentary (in terms of style) by Gruff Rhys and Dylan Goch. This portrayal exists in the context of a range of both factual and fictional Welsh-language representations of Patagonia produced since the 1940s in Wales. Through concepts derived from literary theory (Linda Hutcheon), sociology of culture (Pierre Bourdieu), political theory (Ernesto Laclau), travel writing theory (Graham Huggan and Patrick Holland; Peter Hulme), and postcolonial theory (Mary Louise Pratt), it will be possible to trace in the documentary trends present in previous representations of Patagonia, such as turning to Y Wladfa in politically challenging times in order to address anxieties regarding Welshness and the country’s past and future.
Welshness, identity, devolution, nationalism, postmodernism, film, documentary, Patagonia, Y Wladfa, Cool Cymru.
Green, S. (2023), 'Paradocs wrth bortreadu Patagonia yn y Gymru ddatganoledig: Archwiliad cychwynnol o Separado! (Gruff Rhys a Dylan Goch 2010)', Gwerddon, 36, 67–86. https://doi.org/10.61257/SEPF9480