New ESSE Jobs

New ESSE Messenger Editor

Starting from January 2022, The ESSE Messenger will have a new Editor. Her name is Dr. Laura Estaban Segura from the University of Malaga, Spain. Her email address as Editor is the known one, namely esse.messenger [at]

New ESSE Webmaster

In parallel, the new ESSE Webmaster will be Dr. Adrian Radu (the former ESSE Messenger Editor) from Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania. His email address is essenglish.webmaster [at]

The International Journal of Young Adult Literature (IJYAL)

The International Journal of Young Adult Literature (IJYAL)

General Editor: Dr Alison Waller (University of Roehampton)

The International Journal of Young Adult Literature (IJYAL) aims to foster original scholarship covering the theory, critical interpretation, literary history, and cultural production of young adult literature from all parts of the world. This new online open-access journal acknowledges the growth of the field of YA and takes it seriously as a subject of literary enquiry. Young adult literature is understood in broad terms, and all research investigating the literary or narrative qualities of other popular forms or media are welcomed.

IJYAL is now accepting submissions for its third issue, scheduled for publication in 2022. Articles of 7000-9000 words should be submitted by 25 October 2021. We particularly encourage researchers working beyond Anglo-American young adult literature and/or working outside of the UK and US to submit articles. We will consider original scholarship on all aspects of young adult literature, with possible critical approaches including but not limited to:

  • Theoretical work
  • Considerations of form, genre, theme or style
  • Author studies
  • Comparative analysis
  • Explorations of reception and response
  • Publication histories

You can find more information about submission and article requirements here:

CFP for the Winter 2020 issue of the ESSE Messenger

Theme: “Make ’em cry, make ’em laugh, make ’em wait”: Sensation, mystery and detection in the Victorian novel

Deadline: 15 November 2020

The ESSE Messenger invites contributions that address:

  • reasons and factors that lead to the popularity of such kind of novels;
  • construction and narrative techniques of sensational plots;
  • treatment of sensational characters;
  • contribution of these novels to the creation of popular fiction and reasons for them becoming bestsellers;
  • contribution of Victorian writers such as Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Conan Doyle to the prosperity of such novels;
  • reception of such novels by the Victorian reading public and critics in the context of the imposed belief in morality and order, expected aesthetic value and worldview of Victorian realism;
  • reception of such creations by the reading public today and their echoes in contemporary fiction.

CFP 29-2 W2020

Details here.

In Homage to Professor Martin A. Kayman

Farewell words for Professor Martin A. Kayman

Fernando Galván and Hortensia Pârlog [1]

Professor Martin A. Kayman (Cardiff University) stepped down a few weeks ago, with the publication of issue 22.1 (April 2018), as Editor of the European Journal of English Studies, EJES, the official journal of ESSE. Our Society is not yet 30 years old, and Martin A. Kayman has been active serving it for more than 20 years, i.e. over two thirds of ESSE’s life. He has been working hard for more than two decades, initially editing The European English Messenger (or The Messenger, as all of us call it), and later, our journal EJES, which is certainly not a minor task, as anybody with an experience in editing academic journals knows very well. Continue reading “In Homage to Professor Martin A. Kayman”

CFP for the Winter 2017 issue of the ESSE Messenger

The ESSE Messenger invites submissions for its Winter 2017 section of professional articles on the topic: Jane Austen Ours

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.

CFP for the Summer 2017 Issue of the Messenger

The ESSE Messenger invites submissions for its Summer 2017 section of professional articles on the topic: Towards Common European English?

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.


CFP for the Winter 2016 Issue of the Messenger

esse-messlogo-tinyThe Messenger’s next issue – 25-2, Winter 2016 – is due out in December 2016.

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.

Advertising in the ESSE Messenger

esse-messlogo-tinyThe European English Messenger used to carry advertisements in its paper issues. As our journal goes online from the Summer of 2016, it is now possible to place advertisements in the website of The ESSE Messenger.

The information for advertisers in the website of The ESSE Messenger is now online on the Advertisers page of the site.

A Word from the Editor

esse-messlogo-tinyThe ESSE Messenger is now online. It will continue the good tradition of the printed version and host messages from the ESSE President, other members of the ESSE Executive or the Editor, offer current information, notes and details about events, conferences, book launches, in memoriam notes, and publish book reviews, (themed) articles, interviews, original literature. The Editor’s aim, hope and efforts are to offer a publication of good quality that readers appreciate, find useful and enjoy reading.

Contributors are invited to observe the Editorial Code, format their materials according to the Messenger’s Stylesheet and send them to the Editor at: