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 40 (2020): Autumn

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Special Feature PDF
Multiple Authors
Between penal reform and The Newgate Calendar: why are we made to feel for Fagin? PDF
Agnieszka  Serdynska
‘Just a pen, paper, and a little thought’: E. M. Forster and literary labour PDF
Bryony Armstrong
A Marriage of Consumption in George Meredith’s The Egoist PDF
Jessica Lewis
Those Backward Hordes: Representing the Indian Peasant as a ‘Rebel’ in Early Indian Fiction in English PDF
Swati Moitra
“Time was running shorter, tightening around our house, crushing me.”: Space and Time in the Female Gothic of Shirley Jackson PDF
Harriet Barton



Call for Submissions: Issue 41 (Winter 2020)


Early-career researchers/academics and postgraduates are invited to submit papers of 5,000–7,000 words (or book reviews of no more than 2,000 words) by October 15th, 2020 for the journal’s 41st edition. Contributions from any area of literary research are welcome to reflect a wide diversity of interests.

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