British and Global Anglophone Studies

This area of inquiry promotes the study of literary and cultural relations embodied in works by authors from Great Britain and across the Anglophone world.

NeMLA welcomes panels on all areas of Anglophone and British Literatures. We have a separate area devoted to US and Transnational/Diaspora Studies because these two areas have historically received a high volume of panel proposal submissions. These individual designations are primarily logistical in that they help the Area Directors divide up the work for vetting proposal submissions.

Anglophone Studies

NeMLA welcomes panel proposal submissions in the following Anglophone Literatures:

  • Literatures in English of Africa and the Diaspora
  • Asian Literatures in English (including those from the Middle East, Central Asia and Far East)
  • Australian Literatures
  • Caribbean Literatures in English
  • Global Englishes
  • Irish Literatures
  • New Zealand Literatures
  • Scottish Literatures
  • South African Literatures
  • South Asian Literatures in English
  • Transatlantic Studies

Help Us Improve

If there is an Anglophone Literatures we are not listing, let us know and we will include it on our webpage. More importantly, submit a proposal for that area. Alternately, you might also consider consulting the Comparative Literature page to determine if this is a better fit.

Areas of Strength

We are usually well represented in the following Anglophone Literatures and welcome more proposal submissions every year:

  • South Asian Literatures in English
  • Literatures in English of the African Diaspora
  • Australian Literatures
  • South African Literatures
  • Transatlantic Studies

Areas for Future Growth

We would like to see more submissions in the following:

  • Asian Literatures in English, other than those from South Asia
  • Irish Literatures
  • New Zealand Literatures
  • Scottish Literatures

Anglophone Literatures But Not Anglophone Film or Anglophone Culture?

We are emphasizing Literatures here because NeMLA has a separate area for Cultural Studies and Media Studies. We do welcome panels on the various Anglophone cultures, but we would ask that you decide whether your panel proposal would fit better under Cultural Studies or Literatures and submit accordingly. You have the option of selecting a secondary area for cross-listing purposes. Please be aware that depending on the range of submissions in a given year, we may re-categorize your submission from a primary listing in Anglophone Literatures to a primary listing in Cultural Studies and Media Studies, especially if we think it will enable the panel to go and/or to receive adequate paper submissions.

Growing Pains

Our conference has of necessity become more competitive in recent years, as we have had more submissions than the conference can handle. At the same time, we are committed to developing submissions in under-represented areas within Anglophone Literatures and British Literatures. While we cannot guarantee acceptance of any panel proposal, and while all proposals are assessed for the quality of the proposal, a major factor we take into consideration is whether or not the panel would help an under-represented area grow. Therefore, you might consider proposing a panel in one of Anglophone Literatures listed above or, for British, in one of the under-represented areas listed below.

British Studies

NeMLA welcomes panel proposal submission in every period and genre of British Literatures.

Areas of Strength

We are usually well represented in the following:

  • Shakespeare
  • Romantic Period
  • Victorian Era
  • Contemporary Period
  • Fiction
  • Postcolonial Writings

Areas for Future Growth

We would like to see more submissions in the following:

  • Anglo-Saxon Period
  • Medieval Literatures
  • Elizabethan Literatures other than Shakespeare
  • Modern and Contemporary Drama
  • Poetry
  • Colonial Literatures

We are your representatives. If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact the current Area Directors.

Area Director

Thomas Lynn <TJL7@PSU.EDU>
English, Penn State Berks