2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. What she left as her bequest to the world was to become a prolific space where sense, persuasion, sensibility and pride remained pre-eminent and where the Elinors, Mariannes, Janes, Elizabeths, Emmas, Darcys, Brandons, Willoughbys and Dashwoods still congregated together or at least briefly crossed each other’s paths. More than 200 years after their first publication, her novels are still avidly read as books and even transformed into successful film adaptations. In the 21st century her creations still provide a source of fascination and continue both to captivate well-seasoned readers and to animate fresh audiences. The questions that naturally arise are, then: Why are people still so obsessed with Jane Austen? Why is her legacy still alive and spreading? Is it because she has a sincere, direct, natural and convincing way of depicting human nature? Is it because her works are easily translated or adapted across various mediums, cultures and time periods? What is it that constitutes Jane Austen’s face in the 21st century? Questions such as these may help to suggest some of the topics for the Winter 2017 issue of the ESSE Messenger. Proposals should be submitted to the Editor by 1 October 2017.
In recent decades a surge of studies have focused on English as it appears around the globe, giving rise to a plethora of new terms to describe various “types” of English (Global English, English as an International Language, New Englishes, …). The greatest effort has, however, gone into the description of English as it appears in what Kachru (1985) calls the Outer Circle, i.e. countries where English has an official status without being the mother tongue of the inhabitants. The question that this issue of the Messenger wishes to address is whether similar descriptions are possible for English in Europe. Is there, in other words, something like Euro-English? Does English have or need a special status in the countries of Europe?
The deadline for submissions is 1 May 2017.
The issue is due out on 1 July 2017.
The best place for news and info about your association, notes about current academic life and events, conference reports, book announcements or in memoriam articles is The ESSE Messenger Blog. Just send your material to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Winter issue – 25-2 Winter 2016 – of the Messenger is now online. You can find it here: http://essenglish.org/messenger/web/issue-25-2-winter-2016/. The password to access it can be obtained from your national representative.
The Winter 2016 issue of the Messenger is to be published soon.
The suggested topic for professional articles is Shakespeare Lives. In the year when scholars and students, writers and artists celebrate the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, the ESSE Messenger Winter 2016 issue is again dedicated to the great Bard and invites contributions about how Shakespeare is still connected with the modern world: how he is re-discovered and made part of our lives, how he is played, taught, interpreted, translated, sung, filmed, etc. in the world of today.