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The Yearbook of English Studies

 Available through JSTOR Current Scholarship Program from January 2012.

The Yearbook of English Studies is an annual publication which consists of specially commissioned articles on a broad topic or theme which will vary from year to year. Each year, guest editor(s) commission articles for forthcoming issues on literatures in English. The series editor for the Yearbook of English Studies is Professor Andrew Hiscock and any enquiries relating to this publication should be sent to him by email at the following address: mhraassistant@bangor.ac.uk


This lively collection deserves to be read not only by specialists but by students in need of an accessible introduction to the breadth of canonical Victorian literature.

Matthew Beaumont, review of Victorian Literature (YES 36:2) in TLS, 30 March 2007, p. 24.



Latest Volume

Volume 46 (2016) entitled Writing the Americas, 1480-1826 is available online here.

Despatch of print copies begins 29 August 2016.


YES46 cover
The Yearbook of English Studies
for 2016 is devoted to writing in English about the Americas. The volume, edited by Robert Lawson-Peebles and Kristin Cook, contains fifteen essays from American, British and European scholars, each one specially commissioned to research the kaleidoscope of writing in English about the Americas. The framework is transnational, comparative and interdisciplinary. The start date, 1480, is taken from the first known reference in England to lands west of Ireland. The closure date, 1826, could be said to mark the end of the revolutionary period in both North and South America. The intervening period contains some of the most interesting and exploratory writing on the American landmass.


Online Archive

The complete run of YES (from 1971--) is now available at JSTOR to participating institutions.
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Forthcoming Volumes

Volume 47 (2017) will be on the topic of Sir Walter Scott.

Volume 48 (2018) will be on writing in the age of William IV.

Volume 49 (2019) will be on the writings of George Meredith and Margaret Oliphant.



A substantial proportion of each volume consists of specially commissioned articles on a broad topic or theme which varies from year to year, and of articles submitted to the Editors which happen to have a bearing on that particular issue's topic or theme.

No correspondence is published in the Yearbook, nor are advertisements carried.



The Yearbook is devoted to the language and literatures of the English-speaking world.

Sample Article

A sample article is available here. Originally published in YES 33 (2003), John Scahill's article 'Trilingualism in Early Middle English Miscellanies: Languages and Literature' identifies a non-pragmatic 'literary' tendency in early Middle English trilingual miscellanies whereby texts acquire additional significance through their relationship to other texts and to the miscellany as a whole.


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