A new issue of the journal Postgraduate English has been published. Issue 26 includes four articles on a variety of literary topics, as well as two book reviews.
This present issue indicates the range of topics and literary periods that the journal invites through its open submission policy.
From the seventeenth century, Callum Seddon (Oxford) considers the afterlives of the poetry of Robert Herrick, particularly Hesperides. In the early days of print publishing, editions of poems varied from printing house to printing house. Seddon explores the various “textual variations, formal mutations and editorial alterations that ensue in the process.” He challenges the notion of the “author” by considering also the role of the “compiler.”
Moving from page to screen, Sarah Hanks (Oxford) writes on “The Birth of the Tramp: Chaplin, Gesture, and the Rhythms of Modernity.” She reflects on the “bodily virtuosity” of Charlie Chaplin, whose self-reflexive slapstick inspired the European avant-garde, both in film and in literature, via writers such as Antonin Artaud, T.S. Eliot, and Gertrude Stein.
Staying within the early twentieth century, Arnold Lim (University of Edinburgh) reviews the critical history of realism, and considers how the notion offers us a fresh perspective on the work of T.S. Eliot and Samuel Beckett.
Finally, Kate A. Katigbak (Durham University) encounters “Spectres and Steam-Demons: Monsters and the Mythologizing of the Industrial Revolution.” She attempts to see past the “monstrous characterization of technology” as construed by the writings of Marx and Thomas Carlyle, to achieve a more accurate perspective on Victorian society.
In addition to these four articles, this issue of Postgraduate English also includes two book reviews. Kostas Boyiopoulos (Durham University) looks at Michael Mack’s How Literature Changes the Way We Think (a book that was previously featured on READ). Hannah Southwell (University of Liverpool) reviews Zadie Smith’s much-anticipated new novel, NW.
Since Postgraduate English aims to support the wider careers of postgraduate researchers, the journal also features an extensive set of forum articles with advice on teaching, publishing and research. This issue, there are new interviews with four early-career academics about making the transition from postgraduate to paid posts.
Postgraduate English is a professionally reviewed journal for postgraduate students of English in the UK and Europe. In addition to scholarly articles, the journal also invites book reviews, reflections on postgraduate teaching, and free-wheeling polemics on all things academic, from intramural malfeasance to the education cuts.
Issue 27 of Postgraduate English is scheduled for publication in September 2013. Submissions for this issue must be received no later than 30th June 2013.