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Resisting HistoryReligious Transcendence and the Invention of the Unconscious$
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Rhodri Hayward

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074141

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074141.001.0001

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The self triumphant

The self triumphant

(p.107) 4 The self triumphant
Resisting History

Rhodri Hayward

Manchester University Press

The twentieth-century Pentecost, the Welsh Revival of 1904–5, was the last flourish of mass resistance to the triumph of the historicist perspective. For a brief moment, the new rules of historical and psychological discourse were rent asunder. Their core assumptions, the narrative exclusion of the supernatural and the containment of the sacred within the field of memory, were challenged as miraculous events tore apart the fabric of everyday life. The movement began on the edge of industrial Wales, in 1904. It was characterised by charismatic worship and its converts were credited with the establishment of the Pentecostal Churches. The movement's emergence is attributed variously to the power of secret prayers, a conservative reaction to the decline of Welsh culture, and the psychological frustration of the disenfranchised.

Keywords:   Welsh revival, twentieth-century Pentecost, charismatic worship, Welsh culture, psychological frustration

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