Call for papers: Working With English: Medieval and Modern Language, Literature and Drama

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Working With English: Medieval and Modern Language, Literature and Drama is an online, peer-reviewed journal that publishes new and original research in the field of English Studies. This special issue, undertaken in collaboration with the English Subject Centre, will bring together the work of those teaching and researching across English Studies and related disciplines.

Historically, the field of English Studies has included a number of sub-disciplines including the study of Modern Literature, English Language, Medieval Literature, Performance Studies, Critical Theory and Creative Writing. Teachers and Researchers of English also find themselves increasingly engaged with other disciplines such as Philosophy, History, Art History, Classical Studies, Theology, Geography and Psychology.

The aim of this special issue is to reflect upon and provoke discussion on attempts to cross disciplinal and sub-disciplinal boundaries. Papers can draw upon the direct experience of the author (or authors) in teaching and researching English Studies or can be more theoretical in approach, but in both instances should be presented in a scholarly manner that draws upon a relevant range of research.

Papers might address, but need not be limited to, the following topics:

  • The language-literature interface
  • Text as performance
  • Creativity in research and/or the classroom
  • Medieval Studies in a contemporary context
  • English and Theory/Philosophy
  • Language, literature and cognition
  • The intersection of place and space with language and literature
  • Teaching English in the twenty-first century
  • The verbal and the visual
  • Assessing Cross-Disciplinary work in English Studies
  • Using new technologies to teach English Studies

Abstracts for proposed papers (500 words max) should be emailed to the General Editor of Working With English, Dr. Matt Green (, no later than 24 April 2009. Please ensure to include name, position and institutional affiliation.

Authors of abstracts that are selected will be notified in early May with a view to the submission of papers in September 2009. Successful papers will be published in December 2009, following the standard process of peer-review.

Enquiries can be addressed to the General Editor at the address above and more information on the journal can be found online: