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The Yearbook of English Studies

 Available through JSTOR Current Scholarship Program from January 2012.

The Yearbook is partly intended to provide an additional outlet for articles dealing with the literature and language of English-speaking countries submitted to The Modern Language Review, including some of the more ambitious or more specialized papers.

Contributions on English subjects submitted to The Modern Language Review or the Yearbook (other than those for special numbers of the Yearbook) will continue to be considered for both publications interchangeably.


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 43 (August 2013) entitled Early English Drama is available online here.

Despatch of print copies begins 19 August 2013.


Cover image for YES 43

The Yearbook of English Studies 2013 is devoted to early English drama, ranging from what is generally understood as 'medieval' to plays of the early Tudor period, while also including chapters on modern theatrical responses to the surviving corpus of texts. The volume is edited by Pamela King (Professor of English at the University of Glasgow), Sue Niebrzydowski (Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at Bangor University, Wales) and Diana Wyatt (Research Associate at the University of Durham). This rich and varied collection is deliberately loosely ordered in order to encourage the reader to think again about the old canonical categories, particularly 'mysteries' and 'moralities'. The authors lead the reader to engage with recent scholarship in the field which has, for example, drawn on archival research into lost plays to question old certainties about genre, about chronology, and about evolution, and which has taken another look at surviving texts in ways that resist categorization, and found them to be more problematic than hitherto assumed.

This volume does not aim to offer coverage of new work in a known field, so there is, for example, no essay dedicated to the York Cycle, although references to it are shot through the whole. Rather, individual chapters reflect not only their authors' specialist sub-fields but also a variety of approaches, from the study of sources and the materiality of surviving witnesses to the texts, to various critical readings and approaches, to studies in the history of staging. In addition, essays on modern productions stake the claim for a new and distinct area in the study of medievalism, as modern authors and producers draw inspiration from the original early scripts. The reader will encounter old favourites in this volume - the Towneley Plays, the Chester Cycle, The Castle of Perseverance, Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis, to name a few - as well as Bewnans Ke, the Cornish saint's play discovered only in 1999, and an intriguing mixture of hagiography and Arthuriana. Equally, the reader will be led to reconsider some lesser-read texts and to encounter traces of wonderful plays which have been lost forever. Overall, the volume seeks to engage with a dramatic tradition which was at once richer and more varied than has been conventionally imagined.


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


Volume 44 (July 2014) will be on the topic of Caroline iterature.

Volume 45 (July 2015) will be on the topic of English literature and book history.

Volume 46 (July 2016) will be on the topic of Pre-Revolutionary literature of North America.



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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