MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities

An annual journal

1994-8662 online

MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities is a fully peer-reviewed electronic open-access journal intended to allow researchers to present initial findings or hypotheses. As such it will be of particular interest to postgraduate researchers, though established scholars are also invited to submit papers.

Working for WPH. Each volume has two Editors, who are normally doctoral students, with overlapping two-year terms of office. There is therefore one vacancy each year for a new Editor. Any colleagues wishing to express an interest are warmly invited to contact the current Editors, either directly or via

Peer review declaration. Working Papers in the Humanities is a fully peer-reviewed journal. Articles are initially selected from an open Call for Papers and short-listed papers are sent for anonymous peer review by academics with expertise in the relevant area and based at different institutions from the authors. If peer review is positive, articles are then edited in two stages: the editors must be satisfied that issues raised in peer review have been addressed before an article is finally accepted.

Publisher's statement. Views expressed in the content of Working Papers in the Humanities are those of the respective authors and contributors and not of the journal editors or of the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA). MHRA makes no representation, express or implied, in respect of the accuracy of the material in this journal and cannot accept any any legal responsibility or liability for views expressed or for any errors or omissions that may be made.

Submissions. Each annual volume is themed, and colleagues are invited to respond to the annual call for papers. All articles should be written in clear English and conform to MHRA Style.

Books for review. WPH does not carry reviews.

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History. WPH opened in 2006, and began its practice of leapfrogging editors with volume 3 (2009). Several have gone on to be authors of our books, among them Louise Crowther, Jessica Goodman, John McKeane, and Joanna Neilly.


  • Editor, volumes 17 and 18: Emily Di Dodo (University of Oxford)
  • Editor, volumes 18 and 19: Rachel Hayes (University of Warwick)

Copyright forms. If your article or review is accepted by this journal, then you will be asked to sign this copyright form (follow the link to read it in PDF form). The reasons we ask you to assign copyright to MHRA are as follows:

  • (i) ownership of copyright by the publisher tends to ensure maximum international protection against infringement, libel, or plagiarism
  • (ii) it enables the MHRA to deal efficiently with requests from third parties to reproduce or reprint a Contribution, or part of it, and in accordance with a general policy which is sensitive both to any relevant changes in international copyright law and to the general desirability of encouraging the dissemination of knowledge.
In assigning your copyright you are not forfeiting your proprietary rights, including patent rights. Nothing in the Agreement you sign shall restrict your rights as the Author(s) to revise, adapt, prepare derivative works, present orally, or otherwise make use of the contents of the Contribution, provided that these do not conflict with the MHRA's financial interests. You may do this after obtaining our permission. The MHRA is a charity which has the encouragement and dissemination of scholarship as its object, and permission to use the contents of your work elsewhere will not normally be withheld provided that the MHRA journal is acknowledged as the original source with a full bibliographical reference.

Open access. MHRA supports Open Access under the Green Route, with an embargo of 12 months. Under this model, if your Contribution is accepted for publication you may make a ‘closed’ deposit of your accepted manuscript in your academic institution’s digital repository upon acceptance. Full open access to the accepted manuscript is then permitted 12 months after publication.

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Edited by Emily Di Dodo and Rachel Hayes 
MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 181 December 2023
17On Forgetting
Edited by Alma Prelec and Emily Di Dodo 
MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 1730 December 2022
Edited by Hayley O'Kell and Alma Prelec
MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 1622 February 2022
Edited by Hannah McIntyre and Hayley O'Kell
MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 1527 January 2021
14Reframing Exoticism in European Literature
Edited by Claudia Dellacasa and Hannah McIntyre
MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 149 December 2019
13The Sacred in the Secular in European Literature
Edited by Daisy Gudmunsen and Claudia Dellacasa
MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 1320 December 2018
12Scrutinizing Beauty
Edited by Eleanor Dobson and Daisy Gudmunsen
MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 124 March 2018
Edited by Lucy Russell and Eleanor Dobson
MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 1115 February 2017
10Critiquing Criticism: From the Ancient to the Digital
Edited by Sophie Corser and Lucy Russell
MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 102 February 2016
9Literature and Art: Conversations and Collaborations
Edited by Elizabeth Benjamin and Sophie Corser
MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 96 January 2015
8Fame and Glory: The Classic, the Canon and the Literary Pantheon
Edited by Jessica Goodman and Elizabeth Benjamin
MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 823 December 2013
7Science and Literature: The Great Divide?
Edited by Alex Stuart and Jessica Goodman
MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 725 January 2013
Edited by Joanna Neilly and Alex Stuart
MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 613 February 2012
Edited by John McKeane and Joanna Neilly
MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 55 February 2011
Edited by Jessica Gildersleeve and John McKeane
MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 49 November 2009
3Translation, Adaptation, and Transformation
Edited by Jennifer Shepherd and Jessica Gildersleeve
MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 33 January 2009
2Working Papers in the Humanities 2
Edited by Louise Crowther, Astrid Ensslin and Jennifer Shepherd
MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 223 November 2007
1Working Papers in the Humanities 1
Edited by Astrid Ensslin and Jennifer Shepherd
MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 17 November 2006