Online ISSN 1756-1124

Print ISSN 0013-8215

English - the original journal of the English Association - has been published since 1936. From 2008 the journal is published for the Association by Oxford University Press. In 2009 the journal increased to 4 issues per year and subscription now includes access to the electronic archive back to 1996. Access to the electronic archive prior to 1996 is also available for purchase/subscription.

English provides a forum for people who think hard and passionately about literature and who want to communicate those thoughts to a wide audience. It includes scholarly essays and reviews on all periods of literary history alongside new work by contemporary poets.

The journal is edited by a team from the University of East Anglia.

CFP for Special Issue of English: Decolonising English Studies

Events of the summer have provided a reminder - as if any were needed - of the legacies of colonialism in society today. Structural racism is plain to see in public health, where Black and racialized populations have suffered disproportionately from the Covid-19 pandemic; in police brutality and incarceration rates, as the murders of George Floyd and so many others prove; but also in education: who gets access to learning, and what gets taught.

This contains a direct challenge to English Studies. Our discipline scrutinises which stories we tell, whose experiences are represented and how they are told, but also focuses on a language whose dominance as lingua franca today is a direct result of British and American imperialism. Today we need to interrogate with renewed clarity those stories we tell ourselves about ourselves: which histories are foregrounded, and which passed over in silence; whose experiences are represented, and whose disregarded; which figures are valorised, which are forgotten, and which disavowed. The imperative to decolonise our discipline is not new; colleagues throughout the profession have been advocating decolonisation for a long time, and developing innovative, far-reaching proposals. But today this imperative is newly urgent.

English thus proposes a Special Issue that asks how we can decolonise our teaching, our research, our communication with publics outside of schools and colleges: from students’ access to literature and the tools of self-expression through to the power structures that pervade any classroom; from the histories we tell about the English language and its many literatures, to the authorships and literary styles that students get to encounter. It will involve negotiating difficult trade-offs: between providing ‘coverage’ of influential works of the past, and identifying works and writers that have been neglected; or between the need for students to encounter work from societies and worldviews different from their own, and ensuring that students read the work of writers whose lives and languages resemble theirs, so that all students feel that literature can speak to them, can speak for them, and that they too can, if they so wish, speak for themselves through literature.

The Special Issue hopes to bring together the perspectives of students, educators, researchers, policymakers and administrators, from across the profession and across the globe, to think about the ramifications of decolonising English Studies. We are especially interested in first-person accounts of teaching, curriculum design, outreach, research, and public engagement, and, given the international readership of English, want to think about what decolonising English studies means for colleagues in different national, geographical, and linguistic contexts.

In order to ensure space for as many perspectives as possible, we invite contributions of c.2000 words: these can be written individually or collectively, and can take other forms such as Q&As or multiple testimonies. Together, we hope these will provide a snapshot of the many ways that colleagues are innovating and reflecting during a moment that promises the possibility of major cultural transformation. The deadline for submissions is 15 January 2021; if you have any queries, please email David Nowell Smith (D.Nowell-Smith@uea.ac.uk) and Nonia Williams (Nonia.Williams@uea.ac.uk).


Editorial Team


Dr David Nowell-Smith and Dr Nonia Williams

Poetry Editor

Professor Tiffany Atkinson

Book Reviews Editor

Professor Matt Woodcock

Online Editor

Dr Jeremy Noel-Tod

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Instructions for Authors

For submissions please consult the journal’s webpage with Oxford University Press: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/english/for_authors/online_submission.html


The English Postgraduate Essay Prize

The editors of English: the Journal of the English Association were very pleased to initiate in 2017 the opening of an annual essay competition exclusive to postgraduates. The competition provides an ideal opportunity for students to enhance their CV through the publication of their work in an excellent high-profile journal that caters to a very wide range of genres, periods, and critical approaches. We are looking for essays that provide new perspectives on canonical and/or non-canonical Anglophone literatures, and therefore welcome submissions that focus on single authors/texts or a range, and which develop original arguments beyond simple close reading, while engaging with recent scholarship in relevant fields.

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