The Year's Work in English Studies

ISBN:9780199216390 ISSN: 0084-4144
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Published annually, The Year's Work in English Studies is the qualitative narrative bibliographical review of scholarly work on English language and on literatures written in English. The volume includes a detailed overview from Old English to contemporary critical works for a given year. It contains:

  • critical notices of some 1100 books
  • extensive coverage of English Language, English Literature, American Literature and New Literatures in English
  • coverage of specialist periodicals (including volume numbers for journals and pagination of all articles cited)
  • comprehensive indexing by critic, author and subject
  • bibliographical endnotes for each chapter.

This is an essential volume for any scholar to use in order to keep up to date with the burgeoning world that is modern-day English criticism.

The Year's Work in English Studies is edited by Professor William Baker, Northern Illinois University, and Professor Kenneth Womack, Penn State Altoona.

Associate Editors: Kirstie Blair, University of Stirling; Matthew Creasy, Glasgow University;  A.S.G. Edwards, University of Kent;  Olga Fischer, University of Amsterdam; James Gifford, Fairleigh Dickinson University;  Katherine Halsey, Universit of Stirling; Theresa Saxon, University of Central Lancashire; Paul Sharrad, University of Wollongong, Australia; Richard Wood, Sheffield Hallam University.

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Current Issue: Volume 94

Covering work produced in 2014, published in October 2016

English Language

  • General: Robert A. Cloutier, University of Amsterdam
  • History of English Linguistics: Anita Auer, University of Lausanne
  • Phonetics and Phonology: Radoslaw Swiecinski, University of Amsterdam
  • Morphology and Syntax: Phillip Wallage, Northumbria University and Gea Dreschler, Vrie University Amsterdam
  • Semantics: Beata Gyuris, Hungarian Academy of Science Budapest
  • Lexicography, Lexicology and Lexical Semantics: Kathryn Allen, University College London
  • Onomastics: Mackenzie Kerby, Northern Illinois University
  • Dialectology and Sociolinguistics: Lieselotte Anderwald, Christian Albrechts University, Kiel
  • New Englishes and Creolistics: Alexander Kautzsch, University of Regensburg
  • Second Language Acquisition: Maja Milicevic, University of Belgrade and Tihana Kras, University of Rijeka
  • English as a Lingua Franca: Elizabeth J. Erling, Claudio Schekulin, Veronika Thir, Barbara Seidlhofer and Henry Widdowson, University of Vienna
  • Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis: Charlotte Taylor, University of Sussex
  • Stylistics: Chloe Harrison, University of Coventry

Old English

  • Bibliography; Literature General: Poems of the Vercelli Book: Christine Wallis, University of Sheffield
  • Manuscript Studies, Palaeography and Facsimiles; Pomes of the Junius Manuscript; Beowulf and the Beowulf Manuscript:Simon Thomson, University College London
  • Cultural and Intellectual Contexts; Prose: Eric Lacey, University of Winchester
  • Poems of the Exeter Book; Other Poems: Victoria Symons, University College London

Middle English

  • General and Miscellaneous; Other Alliterative Verse: Anne Baden-Daintree, University of Bristol
  • Theory: Katie Walter, University of Sussex
  • Manuscript and Textual Studies: Carrie Griffin, University of Bristol
  • Early Middle English: Alastair Bennett, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Lyrics and Shorter Poems: Harriet Howes, Queen Mary University of London
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Patience, Cleanness; Religious Prose: Michelle M. Sauer, University of North Dakota
  • Piers Plowman; Secular Prose: William Rogers, Case Western Reserve University
  • Verse Romance; Holly Moyer, UCLA
  • Gower: Yoshiko Kobayashi, University of Tokyo
  • Hoccleve and Lydgate: Mary C. Flannery, University of Lausanne
  • Older Scots: Kate Ash-Irisarri, Liverpool Hope University
  • Drama: Daisy Black and Tamara Atkin, Queen Mary University of London
  • Chaucer

    • General; Troilus and Criseyde; Reception and Reputation: Ben Parsons, University of Leicester
    • The Canterbury Tales; Other Works: Natalie Jones, University College London

    The Early Sixteenth Century

    • General: Prose & Drama; General Verse;  More: Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, University of Sheffield
    • General: Verse; Skelton; Surrey; Wyatt: Edward Smith, University of Sheffield

    The Sixteenth Century: Excluding Drama after 1550

    • General: Harriet Archer, Newcastle University
    • Sidney; Spenser: Richard Wood, Sheffield Hallam University


    • Editions and Textual Studies: Gabriel Egan, De Montfort University
    • Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter J Smith, Nottingham Trent University
    • Shakespeare on Screen: Elinor Parsons, De Montfort University
    • Criticism: General: Elisabetta Tarantino, University of Oxford
    • Criticism: Problem plays: Danial Cadman, Sheffield Hallam University
    • Criticism: Poetry: Arun Cheta, Sheffield Hallam University
    • Criticism: Histories: Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, University of Sheffield
    • Criticism: Tragedies: Johann Gregory, Cardiff University
    • Criticism: Late Plays: Sheilagh Ilona O'Brien, University of Queensland
    • Criticism: Comedies: Louise Geddes, Adelphi University

    Renaissance Drama excluding Shakespeare

    • Editions and Textual Matters: Eion Price, Swansea University
    • Theatre History: Elizabeth Sharrett
    • Criticism: General: Helen F. Smith, University of Edinburgh
    • Marlowe: Per Sivefors, Linnaeus University, Sweden
    • Jonson: Clare Whitehead, King's College London

    The Earlier Seventeenth century

    • Women's Writing: Amritesh Singh
    • General: John R. Burton, University of Wales, Trinity St David
    • Bacon, Browne, Burton: William Baker, Northern Illinois University

    Milton and Poetry 1603-1660

    • General: William Baker, Northern Illinois University
    • Herbert: James Doelman, Brescia University
    • Donne: Anne James, University of Regina
    • Milton: Matthew Mroz, University of Connecticut

    The Later Seventeenth Century

    • Restoration Drama, excluding Dryden: Jennifer L. Airey, University of Tulsa
    • Dryden: James Ogden, Independent Scholar
    • Marvell: Elizabeth Bradburn, Western Michigan University
    • Other Poetry; Prose: William Baker, Northern Illinois University

    The Eighteenth Century

    • Prose and General: Katherine Wakely-Mulroney, University of Cambridge
    • Novel: James Smith, University of Exeter
    • Poetry: Kerri Andrews, University of Strathclyde
    • Drama: James Harriman-Smith, University of Cambridge

    Literature 1780-1830: The Romantic Period

    • General and Prose: Maxine Branagh-Miscampbell, University of Stirling
    • The Novel: Eliza O'Brien, University of Newcastle
    • Poetry: Matthew Ward, University of St Andrews and Paul Whickman, University of Derby
    • Drama: Chrisy Dennis, Falmouth University

    The Nineteenth Century: The Victorian Period

    • General; Prose; Kristen Pond, Baylor University and William Baker, Northern Illinois University
    • The Novel: Ariana Reilly, Utah Valley University, William Baker, Northern Illinois University and Michael Gilmour, Loughborough University
    • Poetry: Clara Dawson, University of Birmingham, and Clare Stainthorp, University of Birmingham

    Modern Literature

    • General: Matthew Levay, Idaho State University
    • British Fiction, 1900-1930: Andrew Radford, University of Glasgow
    • British Fiction, 1930-1945: Michael Shallcross, Durham University
    • Pre-1945 Fiction - Joyce: Chrissie Van Mierlo, University of Nottingham
    • Pre-1945 Fiction - D.H. Lawrence, Luke Ferretter, Baylor University
    • Pre-1945 Fiction - Virginia Woolf: Clara Jones, King's College, London
    • Fiction 1945-2000: Hannah Tweed, University of Glasgow
    • Fiction 2000-Present: Nick Bentley, Keele University
    • Pre-1950 Drama: Rebecca D'Monte, University of the West of England
    • Post-1950 Drama: Graham Saunders, University of Reading
    • Poetry 1900-1950: Neil Miles, Sheffield Hallam University
    • T.S. Eliot: Matthew Creasy, University of Glasgow
    • Poetry Post-1950: Matthew Sperling, University of Reading
    • Irish Poetry: Adam Hanna, University of Aberdeen

    American Literature to 1990

    • General: Katie McGettigan, University of Nottingham
    • American Literature to 1900: Helena Goodwyn, Queen Mary University of London; Katie McGettigan, University of Nottingham; Rebecca White, Durham University

    American Literature: The Twentieth Century

    • Poetry: James Gifford, Fairleigh Dickinson University
    • Fiction 1900-1945: James M. Clawson, Grambling State University
    • Fiction Since 1945: Mary Catherine Foltz, Lehigh University
    • Comics: Orion Kidder, Simon Fraser University
    • Latino/a Writing: Jolene Armstrong, Athabasca University
    • Native, Asian American  and General Ethnic Writing: James Gifford, Fairleigh Dickinson University; Lindsay Parker, Fairleigh Dickinson University

    New Literatures in English

    • Africa: West Africa, Adhu Krishnan, University of Bristol
    • Africa: Eastern Africa: Tina Steiner, Stellenbosch University and Grace Musila, Stellenbosch University
    • Africa: Southern: Margaret Daymond, University of KwaZulu-Natal
    • Australia: Michael Griffiths and Paul Sharrad, University of Wollongong
    • Canada: Paul Sharrad, University of Wollongong
    • The Caribbean: Giselle Rampaul and Geraldine Skeete, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus
    • South Asia: The Indian Subcontinent and Sri Lanka: Ira Raja, University of Delhi/Latrobe University and Mridula Nath Chakraborty, Monash Asia Institute, Melbourne
    • New Zealand and Pacific: Dougal McNeill, Victoria University of Wellington
    • Southeast Asia: Weihsin Gui, University of California, Riverside

    Bibliography and Textual Criticism

    • William Baker, Northern Illinois University

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