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The Review of English Studies was founded in 1925 to publish literary-historical research in all areas of English literature and the English language from the earliest period to the present …

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What Jane heard

What Jane heard

Read the blog post by Jeanice Brooks

Jeanice Brooks looks at the music Jane Austen would have been familiar with. Read her original RES article:

In Search of Austen's 'Missing Songs' by Jeanice Brooks
The Review of English Studies (2016)

image credit: Mansfield Park, ch 11. Tout le monde est gaiement réuni autour de Mary, au piano, pour chanter un glee, sauf Fanny et Edward. Illustration by Hugh Thomson. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. - See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2016/06/what-jane-heard/#sthash.peS3RUud.dpuf
Image credit: Mansfield Park, ch 11. Illustration by Hugh Thomson. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Severed heads on the Elizabethan stage

In his blog post, Michael J.Hirrel re-examines the surviving documents that shed new light on the Battle of Alcazar’s performance history, the Lord Admiral’s acting company and Elizabethan stage practices. Read his original RES article:

Alcazar, The Lord Admiral’s, and Aspects of Performance 
The Review of English Studies (2014)

Image credit: Claes Van Visscher. London Bridge (1616). Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Laurence Sterne

Nose to nose with Laurence Sterne and Tristram Shandy

In her blog post Karen Harvey explains how she undertook the exhilarating task of exploring Sterne’s own manuscript to reveal more about the man and his writing. Read her original RES article:

The Manuscript History of Tristram Shandy
The Review of English Studies (2014)

Image credit: Laurence Sterne by Louis Carrogis Carmontelle (c. 1762). Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The RES Essay Prize

Essay Prize 2017

Entries for the RES Essay Prize 2017 will be open from 1 April to 30 June 2017. The competition is open to anyone studying for a higher degree, or who completed one no earlier than January 2015.


The winner of The Review of English Studies essay prize is Threshold Rituals in Early Modern England: A Case Study in Robert Herrick by Niall Allsopp.

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Editors’ Choice 2017


Prophetic Piers Plowman: New Sixteenth-Century Excerpts by Eric Weiskott

Volume 67 Issue 278

Early Modern

'An Instrument of Reason': William Scott's Logical Poetics by Michael Hetherington

Volume 67 Issue 280

18th Century

Alexander Pope: Unlocking the Key by Freya Johnston

Volume 67 Issue 282


George Orwell, Jack Hilton, and the Working Class by Ben Clarke

Volume 67 Issue 281

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