Recent academic articles on Cornwall

In From a Cornish Study (2017), I included an extended 45 page essay providing a critical review of the academic literature on Cornwall in the period from 2000 to 2016. My intention here is to supplement that by occasional (slightly) critical summaries of articles that are unlikely to be widely known or easily accessible and that have appeared since From a Cornish Study was published.

Here’s the current list …

Richard Harris, ‘Building regional identity: social and cultural significance of railways for Cornwall in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries’, Journal of Transport History 41 (2020), pp.254-277.

Philip Hayward and Christian Fleury, ‘Bounded by heritage and the Tamar: Cornwall as “almost an island”’, Island Studies Journal 15 (2020), pp.223-236.

Jane Wills, ‘The geo-constitution and responses to austerity: Institutional entrepreneurship, switching and re-scaling in the United Kingdom’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (2020), pp.1-16.

Sarah Nelms et. al., ‘Investigating the distribution and regional occurrence of anthropogenic litter in English marine protected areas using 25 years of citizen-science beach clean data’, Environmental Pollution 263 (2020)

Ronald M. James, ‘The other side of the Tamar: A comparison of the pixies of Devon and Cornwall’, Folklore 131.1 (2020), pp.76-95.

Richard Grove et al., ‘Pastoral stone enclosures as biological cultural heritage: Galician and Cornish examples of community conservation’, Land 9.9 (2020)

Joanie Willett, ‘Challenging peripheralising discourses: using evolutionary economic geography and complex systems theory to connect new regional knowledges within the periphery’, Journal of Rural Studies 73 (2020), pp.87-96.

Laura Hodson, ‘“I expected … something”: imagination. legend and history in TripAdvisor reviews of Tintagel castle’, Journal of Heritage Tourism 15.4 (2020), pp.410-423.

Tim Hannigan, ‘“A hideous and wicked country”: Cornwall under the travel writer’s gaze, and receiving travellers’ texts as a ‘travelee-reader’’, Terrae Incognitae 51.2 (2019), pp.131-152.

Siarl Ferdinand, ‘The Promotion of Cornish in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly: Attitudes towards the language and recommendations for policy’, Studia Celtica Fennica 16 (2019), pp.107-130.

Stuart Dunmore, ‘A Cornish revival? The nascent iconization of a post-obsolescent language’, Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics, in press.

Ken George, ‘What happened to Primitive Cornish / ɪ/ when long in closed syllables’, Studia Celtica Posnaniensia  3.1 (2018), online.

Helen Cornish, ‘Not all singing and dancing: Padstow, folk festivals and belonging’, Ethnos 81.4 (2016), 631-647.

Mike Tripp, ‘Match-fixing in Cornish wrestling during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries’, International Journal of the History of Sport 35 (2018), 157-172.

Joanie Willett, Rebecca Tidy, Garry Tregidga and Philip Passmore, ‘Why did Cornwall vote for Brexit? Assessing the implications for EU structural funding programmes’, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, online, 2019.

James Harris, ‘Partisanship and popular politics in a Cornish ‘pocket’ borough, 1660-1714’, Parliamentary History 37.3 (2018), 350-68.

Vera Köpsel and Cormac Walsh, ‘Coastal landscapes for whom? Adaptation challenges and landscape management in Cornwall’, Marine Policy 97 (2018), 278-286.

Matteo Ravasio, ‘Food landscapes; an object-centered model of food appreciation’, The Monist 101 (2018), 309-323.

Sue Rodway-Dyer and Nicola Ellis, ‘Combining remote sensing and on-site monitoring methods to investigate footpath erosion within a popular recreational heathland environment’, Journal of Environmental Management 215 (2018), 68-78.

Emma Shepheard-Walwyn and Shonil A.Bhagwat, ‘Maintaining standing stones benefits biodiversity in lowland heathland’, Oryx 52(2) (2018), 240-249.

Isabelle Cloquet, Marco Palomino, Gareth Shaw, Gemma Stephen and Tim Taylor, ‘Disability, social inclusion and the marketing of tourist attractions’, Journal of Sustainable Tourism 26.2 (2018), 221-237.

Emily Easman, Kirsten Abernethy and Brendan Godley, ‘Assessing public awareness of marine environmental threats and conservation efforts’, Marine Policy 87 (2018), 234-240.

Fred C. Woudhuizen, ‘Towards a reconstruction of tin-trade routes in Mediterranean protohistory’, Praehistorische Zeltschrift 92.2 (2017), 342-353.

Stephanie Boland, ‘The “Cornish tokens” of Finnegan’s Wake: A journey through the Celtic archipelago’, James Joyce Quarterly 54.1-2 (2016-17), 105-118.

Bart Zwegers, ‘Goldmine or bottomless pitt? Exploiting Cornwall’s mining heritage’, Journal of Tourism, Heritage & Services Marketing 4 (1) (2018), pp.15-22.

S.J.Drake, ‘Since the time of King Arthur: gentry identity and the commonalty of Cornwall c.1300-c.1420’, Historical Research 91 (2018), pp.236-254.

Emily Beaumont and David Brown, ‘“It’s the sea and the beach more than anything for me”: local surfer’s [sic] and the construction of community and communitas in a rural Cornish seaside village’, Journal of Rural Studies 59 (2018), 58-66.

Rebecca Gill and Cornelis Muller, ‘The limits of agency: Emily Hobhouse’s international activism and the politics of suffering’, Journal of South African and American Studies 19 (2018), 16-35.

Ian Bailey and Hoayda Darkal, ‘(Not) talking about justice: justice self-recognition and the integration of energy and environmental-social justice into renewable energy siting’, Local Environment 23 (2018), 335-351.

Cameron Moffett, ‘Slate discs at Tintagel Castle: Evidence for post-Roman mead production?’, The Antiquaries Journal 97 (2017), 119-143.

James Ryan, ‘Placing early photography: The work of Robert Hunt in mid-nineteenth century Britain’, History of Photography 41 (2017), 343-361.

Audrey Verma et al., ‘New technological interventions in conservation conflicts: Countering emotions and contested knowledge’, Human Ecology 45 (2017), 683-695

Merryn Davies-Deacon, ‘Names, varieties and ideologies in revived Cornish’, Studia Celtica Posnaniensia, 2 (1) (2017), 81-95.

Andrew Watts et al., ‘Through the sands of time: Beach litter trends from nine cleaned north Cornish beaches’, Environmental Pollution 228 (2017), 416-424.

Simon Young, ‘“Her room was her world”: Nellie Sloggett and North Cornish Folklore’, Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics 11 (2) (2017), 101-136.

Simon Timberlake, ‘New ideas on the exploitation of copper, tin, gold and lead ores in Bronze Age Britain: The mining, smelting and movement of metal’, Materials and Manufacturing Processes, 32 (2017), 709-727.

Marco Di Cataldo, ‘The impact of EU Objective 1 funds on regional development: evidence from the UK and the prospect of Brexit’, Journal of Regional Science 57 (2017), 814-839.

Oliver J.Padel, Where was Middle Cornish spoken?’, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 74 (2017), 1-32.

If anyone would like to write a similar summary of an article do contact me (at There’s a 750 word limit and I reserve the right to edit any contribution, but other summaries would be very welcome.