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Book Announcement – Jane Austen and William Shakespeare

Jane Austen and William Shakespeare: A Love Affair in Literature, Film and Performance,

Edited by Marina Cano & Rosa García-Periago

Palgrave, 2019

This volume explores the multiple connections between the two most canonical authors in English, Jane Austen and William Shakespeare. The collection reflects on the historical, literary, critical and filmic links between the authors and their fates. Considering the implications of the popular cult of Austen and Shakespeare, the essays are interdisciplinary and comparative: ranging from Austen’s and Shakespeare’s biographies to their presence in the modern vampire saga Twilight, passing by Shakespearean echoes in Austen’s novels and the authors’ afterlives on the improv stage, in wartime cinema, modern biopics and crime fiction. The volume concludes with an account of the Exhibition “Will & Jane” at the Folger Shakespeare Library, which literally brought the two authors together in the autumn of 2016. Collectively, the essays mark and celebrate what we have called the long-standing “love affair” between William Shakespeare and Jane Austen—over 200 years and counting.


Chapter 1: Introduction: Jane and Will, the Love Story,
Marina Cano and Rosa García-Periago                       

Part 1: History, Contexts and Criticism

Chapter 2: Jane Austen as ‘Prose Shakespeare’: Early Comparisons,
Joanne Wilkes

Chapter 3: William Shakespeare and Jane Austen: Biographical Challenges,
Robert Bearman

Chapter 4: Shakespeare and Austen Translated,
Marie Nedregotten Sørbø

Chapter 5: Jewels, Bonds and the Body: Material Culture in Shakespeare and Austen,
Barbara Benedict

Part 2: Intertextual Connections

Chapter 6: Is it ‘a marriage of true minds’? Balanced Reading in Northanger Abbey and Persuasion,
Lynda Hall

Chapter 7: ‘As sure as I have a thought or a soul’: The Protestant Heroine in Shakespeare and Austen,
Claire McEachern

Chapter 8: Tyrants, Lovers, and Comedy in the Green Worlds of Mansfield Park and A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
Inger S. B. Brodey

Chapter 9: Forbidden Familial Relations: Echoes of Shakespeare’s King Henry VIII and Hamlet in Austen’s Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility,
Glenda Hudson

Part 3: Theatre, Film and Performance

Chapter 10: Shylock’s turquoise ring: Jane Austen, Mansfield Park and the Exquisite Acting of Edmund Kean,
Judith Page

Chapter 11: Austen and Shakespeare: Improvised Drama,
Marina Cano

Chapter 12: Shakespeare, Austen and Propaganda in World War II,
Rosa García-Periago

Chapter 13: Screening Will and Jane: Sexuality and the Gendered Author in Shakespeare and Austen Biopics,
Lisa Starks

Part 4: Popular Culture

Chapter 14: Austen and Shakespeare, Detectives,
Lisa Hopkins

Chapter 15: In the Pursuit of Love: Twilight, Jane and Will,
Heta Pyrhönen

Chapter 16: Curating Will & Jane,
Janine Barchas and Kristina Straub

Chapter 17: Afterword,
Mark Thornton Burnett

More about the volume

CFP for the Volume 26 (2022) issues of EJES

The editors of EJES are issuing calls for papers for the three issues of the journal to be published in 2022. Potential contributors are reminded that EJES operates a two-stage review process. The first is based on the submission of detailed proposals (up to 1,000 words) and results in invitations to submit full essays from which a final selection is then made.

The deadline for essay proposals for this volume is 30 November 2020, with delivery of completed essays in the spring of 2021 and publication in Volume 26 (2022).


EJES operates a two-stage review process.

  1. Contributors are invited to submit proposals for essays on the topic in question by 30 November 2020.
  2. Following review of the proposals by the editorial board panel, informed by external specialists as appropriate, the guest editors will invite the authors of short-listed proposals to submit full-length essays for review with a spring 2021 deadline.
  3. The full-length essays undergo another round of review, and a final selection as well as suggestions for revisions are made. Selected essays are then revised and resubmitted to the guest editors in late 2021 for publication in 2022.

EJES employs Chicago Style (T&F Chicago AD) and British English conventions for spelling.

1. Going Viral: Chronotopes of Disaster in Film and Visual Media

Guest editors: Sotirios Bampatzimopoulos (Ankara University) and Geli Mademli (University of Amsterdam)


2. Victorian Materialisms

Guest editors: Ursula Kluwick (University of Bern), Ariane de Waal (MLU Halle-Wittenberg)


3. Patriarchal backlashes to feminism in times of crisis

“Plus ça change, moins ça change.”

Guest editors: Florence Binard (University of Paris) and Renate Haas (University of Kiel)


ESSE 15 Conference, Lyon (France) postponed to 2021

In view of the current situation, the organizing committee and the ESSE Executive have jointly acknowledged that the 2020 conference cannot be held on 31 August / 4 September. All events are cancelled, except for the doctoral symposium and the annual board meeting, which will take place online. Board members and participants of the doctoral symposium will be notified about the details in due course.

We are provisionally planning to reschedule the event on 30 August / 3 September 2021 with a minimal number of adjustments. In spite of the many uncertainties ahead of us all, we remain hopeful that the conference can go ahead in 2021. A new situation update will be circulated in due course after the summer.

Details here:

ESSE 2020 Conference (Lyon, France) – Update

As a reaction to the current uncertainties, the ESSE Executive and the Organizing Committee of the Lyon Conference had an emergency meeting (via Skype) on March 19. The preparations are well under way and on schedule, and we all hope and trust that the conference will take place as planned at the end of August/beginning of September. However, in view of the uncertainties it was decided that the opening of the registration procedure will be postponed for the time being. A new situation update will be posted on April 30. The dates for early bird registrations will be reassessed and possibly adjusted depending on the time when registration can be opened. We very much hope that the situation will be clearer by the end of April and will inform accordingly. In the meantime, keep safe and stay healthy.

Details here:

Conference Report – 28th CDE Conference

“Theatre of Crisis. Aesthetic Responses to a Cross-Sectional Condition”
June 20-23, 2019, University of Graz, Austria

Julia Boll, CDE Secretary

The Bildungshaus Mariatrost in Graz (Austria)

The 2019 CDE conference officially opened with the welcoming words by the conference organiser Nassim Balestrini (University of Graz), Maria Löschnigg (University of Graz), and Leo Lippert (University of Vienna). The President of the society Ute Berns thanked the conference organisers for their work and commitment. The conference organisers then introduced the conference theme, followed by a welcome by Martin Löschnigg, the deputy head of the Institute of English Studies at the University of Graz.

After dinner, the conference participants made their way into Graz city centre to attend a performance of Ayad Akhtar’s The Who and the What at Schauspielhaus Graz, followed by a roundtable discussion with dramaturgs and other representatives of the theatre.

The second day started with the conference’s first keynote: Erin Hurley (McGill University, Montréal), “Community Vitality and Minority-language Theatre: English-language Drama and Theatre in Modern Québec” (chaired by Nassim Balestrini). Hurley traced English-language theatre’s status as a minority theatre in francophone Québec, arguing that the crisis of anglophone theatre in Québec does not register as a crisis.

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CFP for the Summer 2020 issue of The ESSE Messenger

Theme: Language, discourse and gender identity

Guest editors:

Dr. Isil Bas, Istanbul Kultur University, Turkey
Dr. Maria Socorro Suárez Lafuente, University of Oviedo, Spain

Deadline extended: 30 June 2020.

The upcoming ESSE Messenger issue will concentrate on both the role of language in creating gendered identities and alternative “discourses” that envisage the existence and possibility of plural and variable existences and worlds that challenge traditional sexed and gendered polarities.

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Call for Topics for Three Special Issues of EJES

Call for Topics for Three Special Issues of European Journal of English Studies

(Volume 26, to be published in 2022)

The European Journal of English Studies is calling for proposals for the topics of three special issues of the journal that will be published in 2022. EJES or the European Journal of English Studies is the official journal of the European Society for the Study of English. The journal is published by Routledge, a division of the Taylor and Francis Group. EJES is peer reviewed, and several recent issues have been reprinted as hardback books by Routledge (Routledge Special Issues as Books). During 2018, EJES received 29,713 full-text downloads from the T&F platform.

The journal’s acronym “EJESreflects its editors’ aspiration to publish cutting-edge research that questions boundaries between literary research, linguistics, and cultural and media studies. Pronounced “edges,” the journal takes an interest in topics that investigate edges of and overlaps between interdisciplinary scholarship in English Studies. “European” does not describe a geography, but a situation in which “English” is studied and taught, across a wide range of disciplines. We are particularly interested in seeing work that addresses crossovers between political and aesthetic issues, also as they are reflected in language use. See for Aims and Scope.

Proposals for themed issues are welcome at any time. Yet a selection of three new topics is made at the end of each calendar year. The current call is for Volume 26, to be published in 2022. Guest editing teams are ideally comprised of two or three individuals who are working in different localities within Europe. They should also have significant editing experience. The general editors ask that suggestions for new topics be proposed in the form of a 300 to 500 word call for papers and be submitted to all three general editors, who are listed below. Proposals should be submitted by 15 December.

To get an impression of the scope of the journal, it is helpful to see the special issue topics of EJES in the current volume:

Volume 23 (2019)

23.1 Narratives of Religious Conversion from the Enlightenment to the Present, eds Ludmilla Kostova (Turnovo) and Efterpi Mitsi (Athens)

23.2 Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Narratives, eds Jan Alber (Aachen) and Alice Bell (Sheffield)

23.3 Shame and Shamelessness in Anglophone Literature and Media, eds Katrin Röder (Potsdam), Christine Vogt-William (Berlin) and Kaye Mitchell (Manchester)

And in the upcoming one:

Volume 24 (2020)

Representing Trans, eds Elahe Haschemi Yekani (Berlin), Anson Koch-Rein (Grinnell) and Jasper Verlinden (Berlin)

Neo-Victorian Negotiations of Hostility, Empathy and Hospitality, eds Rosario Arias (Málaga) and Mark Llewellyn (Cardiff)

‘Decentering Commemorations’: Literary, Cultural, Historical and Political Commemorations across and beyond the British Isles, eds Jeremy Tranmer and Céline Sabiron (Lorraine)

The current call for special topic proposals runs simultaneously to the final call for papers for the three EJES issues that will be published in 2021. These are for

 Volume 25 (2021)

“Brexit and Academia,” eds Sibylle Baumbach (Stuttgart) and Andreas Maurer (Innsbruck);

“Feminist Responses to Populist Politics,” eds Mónica Cano Abadía (University of Graz), Sanja Bojanić (University of Rijeka), Adriana Zaharijević (University of Belgrade)


“Disseminating Knowledge: The Effects of Digitalized Academic Discourse on Language, Genre and Identity,” eds Rosa Lorés Sanz (Universidad de Zaragoza), Giuliana Diani (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia)

See for details on how to submit and to contact the guest editors of these issues.

ESSE Book Awards 2020 – For books first published in 2018 and 2019

ESSE Book Award (Category A):  A book prize of €1,500 will be awarded by ESSE in 2020, coinciding with the 15th Conference to be held in Lyon, France, for books first published in 2018 or 2019 in each of the following fields:

  1. English language and linguistics
  2. Literatures in the English language
  3. Cultural and area studies in English

ESSE Book Award for Junior Scholars (Category B): A further book prize of €1,500 will be awarded by ESSE in 2020 to a junior scholar for a first research book published in English in each of the three fields mentioned above, provided that publication was in 2018 or 2019.

The deadline for submission of books is 1 February 2020. The winners will be announced on the occasion of ESSE-15 in Lyon, France.

The requirements are as follows:

  • Books eligible for prizes will be those published in English; they must have an ISBN. PhD dissertations published in book format, with an ISBN, are accepted. Editions of collected essays will NOT qualify for these prizes. The books must be works of scholarly research in the field of English studies. Undergraduate textbooks will not be considered.
  • Any number of books may be submitted by the same author (provided that they are published within the admitted period of time), except for category B, since junior scholars are expected to submit their first research book published in English.
  • All books will be evaluated strictly on the basis of their academic value, without regard to publisher, country of publication or nationality of the author.
  • Authors must be members of national associations affiliated to ESSE (according to the official membership list submitted in 2019).
  • Three copies (printed or electronic format) must be provided of each book submitted for consideration. No book will be considered for an award unless three copies have been received. The copies will not be returned.
  • Candidates must write an email to the President of ESSE, Prof. Andreas H Jucker, informing him of their intention to participate, declaring their affiliation to a national association which is a member of ESSE, giving their university address, mentioning the field to which their book belongs, and indicating whether the copies of the book will be sent by the author or by the publisher. Candidates for the Category B award must also include a brief CV which must contain at least their date of birth, university affiliation, main field(s) of research and previous publications.

The three review copies must be sent to the address below by 1 FEBRUARY 2020. The deadline must be observed.

Books must be sent to the following address:

President of ESSE          
Prof. Dr. Andreas H. Jucker
Department of English
University of Zurich
Plattenstrasse 47
CH-8032 Zurich

The selection committees (three members each) will be appointed by the Board of ESSE in each of the three fields and for the two categories named above. Their composition will not be made public. Board members shall not pass on any information concerning this matter to the members of their associations. The Executive of ESSE will replace any members who are unable to carry out their duties. The Chairs of the selection committees will report progress regularly to the President of ESSE. The members of the committees can be Board members or ESSE members invited by the Board to do the selection job. The members of the committees and the ESSE Board are excluded from submitting their own books.

Two months before the opening of the conference a shortlist of a maximum of five books in each field and category will be announced on the ESSE Website. Board members are asked to report to the President any misgivings that they may have about the propriety of awarding a prize to any book on the shortlist, with the President passing on such comments to the committees if he deems it appropriate. The committees will recommend the awards to the Board, or they may recommend that no award be made in a particular field. Each committee can also recommend the conferment of one honourable mention. The President will report to the Board whether the work of the committees has been satisfactorily conducted. The Board may then approve the recommendations of the committees or they may reject a recommendation, in which case no award will be given in that field or category. Winners will be informed immediately in confidence, and the awards will be publicly announced during the opening ceremony of ESSE-15 conference, in Lyon, France

Most important decisions taken by the Board (Wroclaw, Poland, 29 – 30 August 2019)

  1. The Board of ESSE unanimously agreed to have only one date for membership updates per calendar year. Fees will be collected according to the membership lists sent to ESSE Treasurer by 15 November of the current year. Members whose names are included in these lists will be able to claim ESSE privileges the following year, such as ESSE Bursaries, ESSE Book grants, ESSE Book awards, conference fee waivers and the Collaborative Project Workshop Schemes. The only exception will be the ESSE Doctoral Symposium, whose requirements for both, taking part and applying for a grant remain unchanged.
  2. The Board of ESSE unanimously accepted a new member association. This is the Montenegrin Society for the Study of English (MONTESSE).
  3. The Board of ESSE agreed to the theme of the forthcoming winter volume (December 2019) of The ESSE Messenger. The topic will be “The book-to-film debate in the age of visual commodities”. The planned theme for the summer volume (July 2020) is “Language, discourse and gender identity”.
  4. The Board of ESSE appointed the evaluation committees for the ESSE Book Awards in 2020.
  5. The Board of ESSE accepted the proposed parallel lectures, seminars and round tables for ESSE-15 conference in Lyon in 2020. The call for papers will soon be published on the ESSE website.
  6. The Board of ESSE strongly reaffirmed its commitment to promote research and support activities destined to help young and established researchers. The Board decided to:
  • continue with the Bursaries, and appointed a Bursary committee for 2020. The deadline for the submission of applications is 1 March 2020;
  • continue with the Book grants. The deadline for the submission of applications is 1 May 2020;
  • continue with the Doctoral Symposium in conference and non-conference years, as well as to offer funding of up to €5,000 to help eligible doctoral students in need of support to participate in the Doctoral Symposium that will be held in Lyon, France, during ESSE-15 conference. The announcement will soon be published on the ESSE website;
  • continue the Collaborative Project Workshop Scheme, whose purpose is to support a preliminary meeting of European researchers working towards a collaborative research project in the field of English Studies.

CFP for the Winter 2019 issue of The ESSE Messenger

Theme: The book-to-film debate in the age of visual commodities

New deadline: 15 November 2019.

‘Did you read the novel?’ – ‘No, but I saw the film.’ This is a dialogue that often takes place today. Besides being common, this short conversation is also very revealing about the relation between the printed text and its visual representation as a film or TV series. And, obviously, it couldn’t be otherwise in a world dominated by TV sets, computers, tablets and smart phones with video facilities incorporated, and by video games, rock videos, home cinema, and many other appliances that reproduce images. More than that, the new commercialism could not but take advantage of such a reality and turn everything into commodities and try to extract profit from them. Novels about Harry Potter or Games of Thrones would probably not have achieved such rocketing success if they hadn’t subsequently had their visual adaptations.  J.R.R. Tolkien might still be resting on dusty library shelves surrounded by his Middle-earth if he hadn’t been (re)discovered by film makers and adapted for the silver screen.

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Job Advertisement

The Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, FB06, Campus Germersheim, invites applications for the position of a Junior Professorship of Anglophone Studies (Bes.Gr. W 1 LBesG) to be in post on 01.04.2020.

Details here.

In Memoriam Professor Herbert Grabes (1936-2015)

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. (mult.) Herbert Grabes (1936-2015) in Memoriam


 This memoriam is composed on the basis of a memorial speech that I held in German at Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Herbert Grabes’s funeral service in December of 2015. An obituary written in German by my friend and former University of Giessen colleague Professor Ingo Berensmeyer flows into this text as do some of the recorded memories of several of Herbert Grabes’s former colleagues and friends.

My first experience of Herbert Grabes was as a distant admiring listener at a huge ESSE conference. I remember Professor Ansgar Nünning’s loving introduction of his senior colleague and my sense of how lively and interesting and erudite a speaker Herbert was. I subsequently got to know him personally at the beginning of my time at the University of Giessen in late 2008. In 2009, I had the honor of taking over his chair in American and British Studies at the University of Giessen. Filling his footsteps remains a large undertaking. It also marks a change of generations and also of style in German English and American Studies, with more women professors now holding chairs and with more native speakers of English now in the front lines as well. Herbert once told a younger woman relative that his successor was “some feminist,” but he met this feminist with a wonderful mixture of good will and also openness to change. It is an honor to remember his life here. This includes his multifaceted efforts at the University of Giessen as well as to promote American and English Studies in Germany, Europe, and beyond.

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Conference Report: 27th CDE Conference: Fear and Anxiety in Contemporary Drama

Conference Report: 27th CDE Conference: Fear and Anxiety in Contemporary Drama

May 31-June 3, 2018, University of Hildesheim

by Dr. Julia Boll
CDE Secretary 

CDE Universitaet Hildesheim Neubau Luebecker Strasse
Photo by Andreas Hartmann

The 2018 CDE conference officially opened with the welcome speeches by the conference organiser Stefani Brusberg-Kiermeier and the Dean of the University of Hildesheim’s Faculty of Arts Prof. Dr. Jens Roselt. The President of the society Prof. Dr. Ute Berns thanked the conference organisers for their work and commitment. She then informed the members of the recent death of long-standing member of CDE, Dr. Christoph Henke, PD (Augsburg), who died the weekend before the conference. A minute of silence followed.

The President then announced the two winners of the Bi-Annual CDE Award for outstanding dissertations (jury: Annette Pankratz, Kerstin Schmidt, Christina Wald). She read the laudations for Cyrielle Garcon and Jan Suk, who shared the prize this year: Cyrielle Garson (Univ. de Avignon) for her thesis Beyond Documentary Realism: Aesthetic Transgression in Contemporary British Verbatim Theatre, and Jan Suk (Charles University Prague) for The Poetics of Immanence: Performance Theatre of Forced Entertainment. Both theses will be published as monographs in the CDE book series.

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CFP for the New Series of “The AnaChronisT”

The New Series of The AnaChronisT invites academic papers for its next issues.

We welcome papers in any field of English and American literature, culture and literary theory.

Papers may be submitted at any time.

The New Series of The AnaChronisT is an international academic journal published by the Department of English Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.

It is indexed by major research databases, and appears annually.

The 2019 issue will have a thematic section on “Dehumanization in Literature,”

as well as a general section.

We welcome papers for both sections of this issue until 15 August 2019.

For submission guidelines and further information, visit our website

EJES – Call for Papers for Volume 25 (2021)

The general editors of EJES are now issuing calls for papers for two issues of the journal to be published in 2021. Potential contributors are invited to submit detailed proposals of up to 800 words to the guest editors of the topic they are interested in.

The deadline for proposals for this volume is 31 December 2019.


EJES operates in a two-stage review process.

  1. Contributors are invited to submit proposals for essays on the topic in question by 31 December 2019.
  2. Following review of the proposals by the editorial board, informed by external specialists as appropriate, the guest editors will invite the authors of short-listed proposals to submit full-length essays for review with a summer 2020 deadline.
  3. The full-length essays undergo another round of review, and a final selection as well as suggestions for revisions are made. Selected essays are then revised and resubmitted to the guest editors in late 2020 for publication in 2021.

EJES employs Chicago Style (T&F Chicago AD) and British English conventions for spelling and punctuation.

Feminist Responses to Populist Politics

Guest editors: Mónica Cano Abadía (University of Graz), Sanja Bojanić (University of Rijeka), Adriana Zaharijević (University of Belgrade)

‘Populism’ is as slippery a term as the political soil it rhizomes in. During the last decade, it has been tested in political reality on numerous occasions and with varying outcomes. The distinction between right and left populisms has also become a staple in everyday academic, policy, and civil society discourses. On the left or the right, populisms often act as a bogeyman, as a threat to politics as usual, and as a sure sign that the world is, yet again, out of joint.

But are these misgivings of any substance? Perhaps the world is actually disjointed. It may be that populisms, left or right, fill in the cracks and fissures that have been lain open for only a short period of time, one that coincides with decades of sustained feminist efforts to change the world for the better. Despite the gains, much of what has been won is now being brought to a halt – and it seems that populisms play their share in this stoppage. It is therefore vital to ask what feminist responses to populisms could be. Can the answer to this question be reduced to the issue of political allegiance, or is it a matter of needing to adjust to new political realities? Would this imply then embracing these realities as well? What is the role that populisms now play in shaping the relationship between radical and mainstream feminisms? If we claim that feminism has always been populist to a certain extent, then we have to have a clear notion of the populus at its core. Alternatively, we might categorically posit that feminist populism is a contradiction in terms and therefore also reject the possibility of left populist feminisms.

This special issue addresses feminist visions of politics as a different answer to populisms’ challenges. We wish to mark ambivalences and name conceptual reasons for why it is insufficiently daring or even reactionary to place feminist emancipatory strategies close to politically divisive contemporary tendencies. Instead, we call for a return to notions of feminist resistance and resilience – notions that put an emphasis on agency, change, and hope in the face of the grave challenges we are faced with around the world. The following topics may be addressed:

  • What does ‘feminist populism’ refer to?
  • To what does feminist resistance to populism refer?
  • How does feminist resilience function?
  • What are the consequences, challenges and possible solutions that feminist resilience can bring about in civil society and institutions?

Detailed proposals (up to 800 words) for full essays (7,500 words), as well as a short biography (max. 100 words) should be sent to all of the editors by 31 December 2019: Mónica Cano Abadía (, Sanja Bojanić (, Adriana Zaharijević (

Disseminating Knowledge: The Effects of Digitalized Academic Discourse on Language, Genre and Identity

Guest editors: Rosa Lorés Sanz (Universidad de Zaragoza), Giuliana Diani (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia)

Recent decades have seen a substantial evolution in discursive practices, particularly those associated with institutions, the sciences and the economy. This state of affairs has been enhanced by the appearance of digital platforms, which have made of the web a privileged access platform both for knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination in an increasingly globalized society. This scenario is also characterized by the use of English as the international language of communication, most users being non-native speakers of the language. Thus, the spread of electronic platforms as well as the use of English as a vehicle of international communication have led to the emergence of new discursive practices or the adaptation of existing ones to the digital mode.

Digital affordances, and the immediacy, visibility, and connectedness they bring along, have changed the way we communicate and project our identities. They have also changed the way we approach texts as objects of analysis. This special issue aims to become a forum for some of the latest contributions to this topic. Proposals from different analytical approaches are welcome. These approaches might include computer-mediated discourse analysis, pragmatics, intercultural rhetoric, genre-based analysis, corpus studies or multimodality. The following topics may be addressed:

  • Are digital genres in academic settings modelled on traditional genres in paper format? Or, rather, is the digital mode generating new genres? What are their rhetorical and discursive features?
  • How is identity constructed and represented in digital academic discourse?
  • In which ways has the use of English as a Lingua Franca in the academic world been influenced by the use of digital platforms? To what extent do culture and discipline affect the shaping of academic web-mediated discourse?
  • How do verbal and visual modes interact in academic digital contexts? Which new methods of approaching discourse are needed to understand web-mediated texts?

Detailed proposals (up to 800 words) for full essays (7,500 words), as well as all inquiries regarding this issue, should be sent to both editors by 31 December 2019: Rosa Lorés-Sanz ( and Giuliana Diani (

Position of Professor (f/m) of English Literary and Cultural Studies


Karl-Frazens University of Graz (Austria)
The Institute of English Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

is seeking to appoint a

Professor (f/m) of English Literary and Cultural Studies pursuant to §98 of the University Act (UG)

(40 hours per week; permanent employment according to the Austrian Law on Salaried Employment (AngG); expected starting date October 1st 2020)

The holder of the position will represent the field of English literary and cultural studies from the early modern period up to and including the 18th century in research and teaching, with a particular focus on Shakespearean drama. Teaching responsibilities concern the bachelor’s and master’s programmes in English and American studies, the English teacher training programme, and the doctoral programme. Research and teaching should focus on literary studies and philologically-oriented cultural studies. In addition, the holder of the position will seek points of contact with existing research collaborations at the institute and at the faculty. Applicants are expected to have a record of excellent research activities and teaching experience in the above-mentioned fields. The candidate is expected to have a habilitation or equivalent qualification in English Literature, excellent academic qualification in research and teaching for the relevant subject, and a very good command of German. In addition, we expect gender mainstreaming competence.

Please submit your applications stating the reference number BV/19/98 ex 2018/19 by March 27th 2019 at the latest.

For information about the application procedures and other prerequisites, please visit


Call for participants – International summer school, “Romanticism on the Coast”

The international summer school is organised by the Interuniversity Centre for the Study of Romanticism (Bologna branch), in partnership with Lerici City Council and the Cultural Association “Amiche e Amici di Mary Shelley”, to be held in Lerici (Italy) between 17 and 21 June 2019. The master classes and workshops offered by the Summer School will deal with issues related to British and European Romanticism, focusing in particular on the personal and cultural connection between some of the most famous Romantic poets, writers and critics (including PB Shelley, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, Women Romantic Poets), the city of Lerici and the famous Gulf of the Poets. The Summer School is addressed to postgraduate students and early stage researchers (MA, PhD students, Post-docs), as well as independent scholars of Romantic literature and culture.


 Registration form

Call for Papers: Journal of Early Modern Studies (JEMS) 10, 2021

Early Modern European Crime Literature: Ideology, Emotions and Social Norms

Edited by Maurizio Ascari and Gilberta Golinelli

This issue aims to explore various inter-related fields within the vast domain of European crime literature, with a particular focus on the British Isles. The literary and cultural phenomena we intend to investigate range from street literature, with its variety of broadsides and chapbooks, to drama (from revenge tragedies to domestic tragedies) and providential fictions, including the translation and transnational circulation of crime stories. While studying the connection between real crime and the literary imagination at various levels, this issue delves into the ideological import of crime narratives intended as prevention of crime, a form of psychological ‘policing’ that compensated for the absence of organized police forces by reasserting the inevitability of mundane and supernatural punishment.

Main deadlines:

30th June 2019: Please send your proposal and working title to the editors;

20th July 2019: Notification of proposal acceptance.

10th January 2020: Submission of articles to the editors.

The complete CfP is available at

 JEMS 2021 CfP

Conference Report: Crossing Borders

RADAC 40th Anniversary Conference: Crossing Borders: Contemporary Anglophone Theatre in Europe

Paris, October 11th-12th, 2018

Susan Blattès (President RADAC)
ILCEA4 Université Grenoble Alpes


This conference had several objectives. First, we wanted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of RADAC (Recherches sur les Arts Dramatiques Anglophones Contemporains), an association of scholars and theatre professionals set up in France in 1978. Second, as a group which increasingly involves members from other countries, we wanted to look at the wider issue of the place of contemporary Anglophone theatre in continental Europe. Finally, by involving speakers and participants from many different European countries, we thought that the conference would allow us to consider how to increase collaboration amongst drama and theatre scholars throughout Europe, with a view to setting up a European network. We decided therefore to include in the conference programme a session in which this could be discussed.

The conference ran for two complete days and brought together around 70 academics and theatre professionals, translators and publishers. Papers were given in parallel panels during the morning. In all, twenty papers were given dealing with a wide range of playwrights, types of play or topics concerning the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Serbia, Spain and France, of course. All panels were chaired by specialists coming from the various countries mentioned as well as Britain and Germany. The panels all included a mix of nationalities while speakers ranged from PhD students to internationally recognised scholars. The papers gave rise to fascinating discussions in which our common interest in Anglophone theatre was confronted with the specific contexts of theatre production in other European countries (translating, publishing, programming performing …).

The afternoons were organised differently. There were two round-tables: one brought together theatre practitioners (writers, actors, directors) who discussed the challenges of producing Anglophone theatre in a non-Anglophone context. A second round-table focused specifically on issues relating to translation and the publishing of translated plays (round-table participants came from France, Germany and Italy). Another session was organised in which those scholars who belonged to a network of theatre researchers extending beyond their own institution presented their group. This included CDE (Contemporary Drama in English) in Germany which functions in a similar way to RADAC, the Contemporary Drama Barcelona  group from Spain, and one from Rome. All groups brought up the question of funding conferences, publications, supporting doctoral students etc. A thorough presentation of European funding was given by two representatives from Sorbonne University. Many of the participants expressed the desire to collaborate at the European level.

Two keynote addresses were given. Elisabeth Angel-Perez (Sorbonne University) discussed the presence of Anglophone theatre in France and the role played by certain directors and translators in getting these works performed in France. Peter Boenisch (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) looked at the work of English directors on the continental stage, insisting particularly on two directors (Robert Icke and Joe Hill-Gibbons) in Holland, Germany and German-speaking Switzerland.

Each day ended with an appropriate climax. Day one concluded with An Irish Story by Kelly Rivière (surtitled by students from Paris 8 under the guidance of Marie Nadia Karsky).

At the end of day two the conference participants were treated to an interview of celebrated playwright Simon Stephens by Dan Rebellato (Royal Holloway London). Simon Stephens is an ideal dramatist to interview in relation to the theme of the conference. Firstly, his own work has been put on across Europe, notably thanks to his collaboration with Sebastian Nübling. Secondly, Simon Stephens has contributed to the circulation of non-Anglophone plays in the UK, having translated/adapted works by playwrights such as Brecht, Chekhov and Ibsen. The discussion between Dan Rebellato and Simon Stephens brought out the importance of crossing borders in Stephens’s work and in the Anglophone theatre in general. Despite the many serious themes evoked, Stephens and Rebellato managed to end on an optimistic note about the role of theatre in Europe to the delight of the conference participants.

A selection of the papers will be published in 2019 along with highlights from the round-table discussion in a special issue of Coup de Théâtre.

The European Journal of English Studies – Call for Papers

Brexit and Academia

(Special Issue, European Journal for English Studies)

The outcome of the 2016 referendum and the consequences the United Kingdom and Europe are currently facing in its aftermath will have a deep effect on various sectors within academia. It will not only affect research funding, the recruitment of talents and cross-border collaborations between academics on the continent and in the United Kingdom, but also have an impact on student and staff exchanges. Above all, however, Brexit and the debates surrounding the referendum posit new challenges to the role of academics in a renationalising Europe: the Vote Leave campaign was driven by an anti-establishment, anti-supranational, and anti-European rhetoric that did not stop short of academia.

The short- and long-term implications of Brexit on academia and the relationship between British and EU universities are hard to predict, but need to be addressed. While some universities have already reacted to the looming Brexit by founding research networks to support the exchange with researchers from the UK (such as the BritInn-network at the University of Innsbruck) or by establishing strategic partnerships with research institutions in the UK, more initiatives are needed to further support long-term collaboration post-Brexit.

This special issue on Brexit and Academia aims at scrutinizing the consequences of Brexit for the European research landscape, future collaborations between colleagues from Europe and Britain, and academia as a whole from a wide range of different (trans-)disciplinary perspectives.

Papers might address, but are not limited to,

  • analysis of the referendum campaigns, the subsequent Brexit-negotiations, or the future relationship between the UK and the EU;
  • the specific challenges faced by researchers involved in cross-border projects;
  • the impact of Brexit on the arts, humanities, and sciences and possible solutions;
  • the consequences, challenges, and possible solutions for higher education institutions;
  • the impact on different areas within politics, the economy, culture, and society that will have a lasting effect on academia;
  • the role of academia for maintaining collaboration and exchange in post-Brexit Europe
  • possible solutions for universities and research institutions to further support collaboration between researchers from Europe and the UK

Detailed proposals (up to 1,000 words) for full essays (7,500 words), as well as a short biography (max. 100 words) should be sent to and by 31 October 2019.

Main Editors:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sibylle Baumbach, Department of English, University of Stuttgart
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Maurer, Department of Political Science, University of Innsbruck

The European Journal of English Studies – Call for Topics

Call for Topics for Two Special Issues of The European Journal of English Studies (Volume 25, to be published in 2021) until 1 March 2019


The general editors of the European Journal of English Studies are currently seeking proposals for two special issues of Volume 25 to be published in 2021.  EJES presents work of the highest quality in English literature, linguistics and cultural studies. The journal’s acronym ‘EJES’ reflects on the journal’s aspiration to publish cutting-edge research within an outlook that questions boundaries between disciplines and cultural contexts. For us, ‘European’ does not describe a geography, but a situation in which ‘English’ is studied and taught in both Anglophone and non-Anglophone contexts and across a range of disciplines. EJES is published by Taylor & Francis, a division of Routledge. The journal is peer reviewed and has an emphasis on interdisciplinary projects. Numbers of the special issues have been subsequently published by Routledge as books.

The general editors encourage proposals of up to 300 words for special issues that span divides between cultural theory, literary analysis and linguistics. Guest editing teams should be comprised of two individuals working in different localities within Europe. They should demonstrate significant editing experience. Please send your proposal by 1 March to all three general editors and see the EJES website for examples of earlier CFPs:

Greta Olson (Justus Liebig University of Giessen): 
Isabel Carrera Suárez (University of Oviedo):
Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou (Artistotle University of Thessaloniki):

Recent special issues

Volume 22 (2018)

22.1 Approaches to Old Age, eds Sarah Falcus and Maricel Oró Piqueras

22.2 Global Responses to the ‘War on Terror’, eds Michael C. Frank (Düsseldorf) and Pavan Kumar Malreddy (Frankfurt)

22.3 Poetry, Science and Technology, eds Irmtraud Huber (Berne), Wolfgang Funk (Mainz)

And the following future special issues are scheduled:

Volume 23 (2019)

23.1 Narratives of Religious Conversion from the Enlightenment to the Present, eds Ludmilla Kostova (Turnovo) and Efterpi Mitsi (Athens)

23.2 Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Narratives, eds Jan Alber (Aachen) and Alice Bell (Sheffield)

23.3 Shame and Shamelessness in Anglophone Literature and Media, eds Katrin Röder (Potsdam), Christine Vogt-William (Berlin) and Kaye Mitchell (Manchester)

Volume 24 (2020)

24.1 Representing Trans, eds Elahe Haschemi Yekani (Berlin), Anson Koch-Rein (Grinnell) and Jasper Verlinden (Berlin)

24.2 Neo-Victorian Negotiations of Hostility, Empathy and Hospitality, eds Rosario Arias (Málaga) and Mark Llewellyn (Cardiff)

24.3 ‘Decentering Commemorations’: Literary, Cultural, Historical and Political Commemorations across and beyond the British Isles, eds Antonella Braida-Laplace, Jeremy Tranmer, and Céline Sabiron (Lorraine)