Postgraduate English: A Journal and Forum for Postgraduates in English

Postgraduate English is a professionally reviewed journal for postgraduate students of English. We have been publishing high quality postgraduate research biannually since the year 2000, making us one of the longest-running continuous publications in this field. We have an established record of publishing international research and continue to welcome submissions from authors outside the UK.

We publish full-length scholarly articles on all areas of English literature and related disciplines, as well as book reviews. All submissions are peer-reviewed by our editorial board of established academics, or referred on to suitably qualified alternative subject experts. Articles submitted for publication often present groundbreaking research in their own right. However, to pass peer review, they are at the very least expected to be of the calibre that might form part of a successful PhD thesis. Research which does not meet this basic standard will be rejected.

Access to our journal is provided by Open Journal Systems, so all submissions are indexed and locatable through scholarly and library search engines, free of charge. Open access means your article can be located, read, and cited by a larger audience, making Postgraduate English an excellent place to get your research noticed. The journal typically receives around 20,000 article downloads per year. In recent years, a number of papers have been requested for reprint by academic publishers such as Edinburgh University Press and Layman Poupard.

Alongside the journal we host a variety of resources related to postgraduate teaching and academic careers. Postgraduates interested in using these can find them in the Forum section on a related website. Resources include interviews with academics (in which recently appointed academics discuss how they made the transition from Postgraduate to paid academic), teaching tips, and anecdotes. We are also happy to publish details of conferences or colloquia aimed at postgraduates on request.

Postgraduate English is funded by Durham University’s Department of English Studies and edited by a rotating team of postgraduate students under an academic advisory editor.

No 33 (2016): Autumn

Table of Contents


Changing States: Examining Postmodern concepts of adaptation in Ali Smith’s Hotel World and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go PDF
Alexander Abichou
‘Such a death were sweet’: Invitingly Deadly Waters in the Poems and Drawings of Stevie Smith PDF
Geraldine Bell
Singing from Manuscripts? Fifteenth-Century, English, Secular Songs with Music and their Reading Practices PDF
Timothy Glover
Per Aspera Ad Astra: Conflicts and Challenges of Spirit in Sirius by Olaf Stapledon PDF
Boyarkina Iren
‘That skull had a tongue in it’: Skulls, the Flesh, and the Individual in Early Modern Drama PDF
Chloe Owen
‘Interpreting (with) Freud’: Laplanche, Hoffmann and the Copernican Birth of Unconscious Drives PDF
James Wills


Review of James Shapiro, 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear. London: Faber & Faber, 2015 PDF
Emily Soon



Call for submissions, 30th September 2016

Articles by postgraduates and early-career researchers on any area of literary study are invited for publication in the Autumn 2016 issue of our prominent Postgraduate English journal. The deadline for submissions is 30th September 2016.  
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