European English Messenger

The European English Messenger is the official newsletter of the European Society for the Study of English. Its purpose is to disseminate information and views about English Studies in Europe and to foster intellectual and scholarly cooperation and development.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, Summer

12th ESSE Conference in Kosice, Slovakia
Friday 29 August--Tuesday 2 September, 2014 Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia The Department of British and American Studies, Faculty of Arts and SKASE (The Slovak Association for the Study of English) look forward to welcoming...
Anti-Tourism Rhetoric in Dickens' Little Dorrit and Pictures from Italy
While in the Victorian age the aristocratic institution of the Grand Tour was reaching the masses, Dickens' touristic subplot of Little Dorrit and his own travelogue, Pictures from Italy, whose descriptions underlie the fictional text, were already...
Arja Nurmi, Minna Nevala, Minna Palander-Collin (Eds.). 2009. the Language of Daily Life in England (1400-1800)
Arja Nurmi, Minna Nevala, Minna Palander-Collin (eds.). 2009. The Language of Daily Life in England (1400-1800). Pragmatics and Beyond New Series, 183. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Today, historical sociolinguistics has left the margins,...
Counting the Linguistic Riches of Europe
The Language Rich Europe project ran from 2010 to early 2013 under the direction of the British Council and of Babylon, the Centre for Studies of the Multicultural Society at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. It was partially funded by the European...
David Malcolm. 2012. the British and Irish Short Story Handbook
David Malcolm. 2012. The British and Irish Short Story Handbook. Wiley-Blackwell: Singapore. The British and Irish Short Story Handbook provides a rich and dense treatment of short fiction writing and its development in Britain and Ireland. This...
David Walton. 2012. Doing Cultural Theory
David Walton. 2012. Doing Cultural Theory. London: Sage. Walton's second handbook of cultural studies contains all the successful features of his first (Walton 2007), except perhaps for the cartoons. After that brilliant book, the expectations were...
Dickens-Mon Voisin: A London Diary of Random Thoughts of Persons and Places
The worst thing that happens to us in the 21st century is that we are, all of us, losing our sense of history to an ever greater extent. We live from day to day, the American way! One of the fundamental problems that Charles Dickens had to face throughout...
Dickens's Great Expectations: Class Mobility in Victorian England and the Social Rise of the Underprivileged
Great Expectations is a polysemic novel. It is embedded with a wide range of thematic layers that not only relate to many realities of Victorian England, but also reflect Dickens's inexhaustible creativity as well as inimitable artistry of sophisticated...
Dunce
The wall coming from behind my left shoulder meets the wall coming from behind my right shoulder: if it didn't, I might be staring down some plastered passage to infinity. As it is, that option is closed. Each of the walls stops dead with nowhere to...
ESSE Board Members: National Representatives
ALBANIA. Dr. Armela Panajoti, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Vlora, Sheshi "Avni Rustemi", Godina B 411, Vlore. Tel.: +355 69 2384468. Email: armelap@univlora. edu.al ARMENIA. Prof. Seda Gasparyan, English Department, Faculty of...
European Journal of English Studies
The general editors would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the new ESSE President Liliane Louvel on her election and to welcome Hortensia Parlog as the new Editor of the European English Messenger. We would also like to thank Jacques Ramel...
Eva Figes' Last Journey
"She continued on her journey, as we all must do. And I, having listened to her story all those years ago, decided it was worth recording. Now, while there is still time" (Figes, 2008: 181). These words close the last semi-autobiographical work written...
Humanistic Foreign Language Teaching and Learning I. Innovative Methods and Approaches
Humanistic Foreign Language Teaching and Learning I. Innovative Methods and Approaches, Nitra, Slovakia, 14-15 September 2012 Under the auspices of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at 'Constantine the Philosopher' University in Nitra, Slovakia, the...
Husse 11: The 11th Biannual Conference of the Hungarian Society for the Study of English
HUSSE 11. The 11th Biannual Conference of the Hungarian Society for the Study of English. Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary, 24-26 January 2013 The 11th biannual conference of the Hungarian Society for the Study of English was hosted by...
In Memoriam: Dieter Kastovsky (December 26th 1940-November 23rd 2012)
Dieter Kastovsky, Professor Emeritus of English Linguistics at the University of Vienna and one of the most influential morphologists of recent times, died of a heart attack on November 23rd 2012 during a visit in Poznan (Poland). Born in Freudenthal...
In Memoriam: Ljiljana Ina Gjurgjan (1950-2012)
On 23 September 2012 I received the news that my friend and colleague, Professor Ljiljana Ina Gjurgjan, had passed away. For the previous two months I and many others had been following with trepidation her battle with a sudden and devastating illness....
Jane Desmarais and Chris Baldick (Eds.). 2012. Decadence: An Annotated Anthology
Jane Desmarais and Chris Baldick (eds.). 2012. Decadence: An Annotated Anthology. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press. The meaning and signification of the term "Decadence", at least as a literary appellation, has been subject of...
Legarreta Mentxaka, Aintzane. 2011. Kate O'Brien and the Fiction of Identity: Sex, Art and Politics in Mary Lavelle and Other Writings
Legarreta Mentxaka, Aintzane. 2011. Kate O'Brien and the Fiction of Identity: Sex, Art and Politics in Mary Lavelle and Other Writings. Jefferson, North Carolina, and London: McFarland. Aintzane L. Mentxaka's book, dedicated to Irish allegorist...
Lexical Inventiveness and Conventionality in English as a Lingua Franca and English Translations
What used to be known as English, as an international, global or world language is increasingly being described as ELF, or English as a lingua franca, which can be defined as "any use of English among speakers of different first languages for whom...
Lindner, Ulrike, Maren Mohring, Mark Stein, and Silke Stroh (Eds). 2010. Hybrid Cultures-Nervous States: Britain and Germany in a (Post)colonial World
Lindner, Ulrike, Maren Mohring, Mark Stein, and Silke Stroh (eds). 2010. Hybrid Cultures--Nervous States: Britain and Germany in a (Post)colonial World. Amsterdam: Rodopi. Postcolonialism has been defined, since its inception, as a transnational...
Marguerite Corporaal and Evert Jan Van Leeuwen (Eds.). 2010. the Literary Utopias of Cultural Communities, 1790-1910
Marguerite Corporaal and Evert Jan van Leeuwen (eds.). 2010. The Literary Utopias of Cultural Communities, 1790-1910. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi. As Peter Liebregts mentions in the foreword to this volume, literary utopias existed long before...
Maria Olaussen and Christina Anglefors (Eds.). 2009. Africa Writing Europe: Opposition, Juxtaposition, Entanglement
Maria Olaussen and Christina Anglefors (eds.). 2009. Africa Writing Europe: Opposition, Juxtaposition, Entanglement. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi. The collection Africa Writing Europe: Opposition, Juxtaposition, Entanglement (2009) offers an alternative...
Marshal Zukhov
The gesture that the sculptor gave him was the ambiguous one of the right hand slightly raised above his horse's neck, the palm tilted back from the wrist. It was either warning or pacifying. It said either 'No further' or 'For the moment be still,'...
Mireille Ravassat and Jonathan Culpeper (Eds.). 2011. Stylistics and Shakespeare's Language: Transdisciplinary Approaches
Mireille Ravassat and Jonathan Culpeper (eds.). 2011. Stylistics and Shakespeare's Language: Transdisciplinary Approaches. London and New York: Continuum. Appropriately for a book that demonstrates the wide variety of ways in which Shakespeare's...
Norman Fairclough. 2010. Critical Discourse Analysis. the Critical Study of Language
Norman Fairclough. 2010. Critical Discourse Analysis. The Critical Study of Language. Harlow: Longman. The focus of this extensive, fundamental work by Emeritus Professor Norman Fairclough is the relation between language and society in a number...
Paul Douglass (Ed.). 2011. T. S. Eliot, Dante and the Idea of Europe
Paul Douglass (ed.). 2011. T. S. Eliot, Dante and the Idea of Europe. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. As a critic, T. S. Eliot was ambivalent, even fickle about the work of Shakespeare, Milton or John of the Cross. By contrast,...
The Armed Hatband
The explosions were almost hard to hear, intermittent percussive sounds with the colourful effect of the feathers of tiny birds tucked into leather. Passers-by looked round to see where they might be coming from, but saw nothing. Except, possibly,...
The Dice Cup
Of the cup itself, a sort of bone-shaker, it may at least be said that it is a perfect model of the human skull, since within its bone is a willed juggling of the few known symbols that begin to map the world. And the pictures of these symbols are...
The Editor's Column
In the village where I was born and lived as a child, at one end of my street, there was a canal (the Bega) built by the Austrians in an attempt to drain the swampy region, after they drove the Turks away in 1716. We kids would spend our summers on...
The ESSE President's Column
In December, the former and the current ESSE Executive and Messenger editors had a meeting in Alcala de Henares, hosted by the University of Alcala and its Rector, Professor Fernando Galvan (our former President). The city is close to Madrid and, while...
The Mysteries of Edwin Drood: The Search for Closure and Meaning in Neo-Victorian Rewritings of the Last Dickens
The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the posthumous and incomplete novel that Charles Dickens was writing and publishing in monthly installments when he suddenly died on 9 June 1870, remains an unfathomable mystery, as its title ironically announces, for we...
The Names of Fields
When we first stumbled back into those uplands, the farmsteads of our ancestors had already collapsed. Thistles stood sentry over grassed boulders. Thorn crowded cracked hearths. But was our dawn resolve any stronger? Hardly. Not far from cae rwyn,...
The Village Sage
Every time there is a need to pass through the dolls and windmills to reach the fruit rotting on the branches. I packed just too many books: I could leave one carelessly in the cafe where the girl flapped the wings of an indigo eagle printed above...
Unexpected Turkey and Turks in Household Words and All the Year Round
Western collective imaginaries have represented the Turk not only as terrible, savage, "unspeakable", but also as "sex-crazed", "harem-driven" and debauched. In the last few decades, scholars coming from anthropological, historical and cultural areas...
Wax, Death and Crime in Dickens's Great Expectations
Wax, Death and Crime in Dickens's Great Expectations "[T]he ghastly waxwork at the fair" --All moveables, of wonder from all parts, Are here, Albinos, painted Indians, Dwarfs, The Horse of knowledge and the Learned Pig, The Stone-eater, the man that...
Why Take an Interest in Research Blogging?
Blogs have only been with us for just under fifteen years, but in this short time they have established themselves as a permanent feature of digital life. Their functions have proliferated to cover a vast variety of topic areas in different domains--personal,...