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Leeds Studies in English


Leeds Studies in English is an international, refereed journal based in the School of English, University of Leeds. Leeds Studies in English publishes articles on Old and Middle English literature, Old Icelandic language and literature, and the historical study of the English language. After a two-year embargo, past copies are made available, free access; they can be accessed here.

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Leeds Studies in English and Kindred Languages was started in 1932 as an annual philological journal by Bruce Dickins, Alan S. C. Ross and R. M. Wilson, who were all teaching in the Department of English Language at the University of Leeds. There were six issues before the outbreak of war in 1939, but publication was then suspended. Numbers 7 and 8 were published as a combined volume in 1952, but it was not until 1967, under the editorship of A. C. Cawley and R. C. Alston, that regular annual publication was resumed, in a new series under the title Leeds Studies in English. Publication since then has been continuous.

Leeds Studies in English has always been published by scholars, for scholars; its purpose is to disseminate high-quality research as widely as possible. Like many independent academic journals, the journal has had the choice of handing over print and online publication to commercial academic publishers. We have instead opted to remain independent, making LSE available online free-access, with the support of Leeds University Library.


Contributors are requested to follow the MHRA Style Guide: A Handbook for Authors, Editors, and Writers of Theses, 2nd edn (London: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2008). Where possible, contributors are encouraged to include the digital object identifiers or, where a complete free access text is available, stable URLs of materials cited (see Style Guide §

The language of publication is English and translations should normally be supplied for quotations in languages other than English. Each contributor will receive a free copy of the journal, and a PDF of their article for distribution. Please email all contributions to lse@leeds.ac.uk.


To subscribe to Leeds Studies in English, or to our monographs series, simply email the Secretary at lse@leeds.ac.uk. You'll be added to our list of subscribers and sent each issue when it comes out, with an invoice. Prices vary slightly from year to year but are usually around £25. For one-off purchases of past publications, see the Leeds Studies in English archive or the Leeds Texts and Monographs page.


Copies of books for review should be sent to the Editor, Leeds Studies in English, School of English, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, United Kingdom.