Accepted papers

The following papers have already been accepted for publication in International Journal of English Studies:


Fragmentation and vulnerability in Anne Enright's The green road (2015): Collateral casualties of the Celtic Tiger in Ireland

María Amor Barros del Río (Universidad de Burgos)


This article explores the representation of family and individuals in Anne Enright's novel The Green Road (2015) by engaging with Zygmunt Bauman's sociological category of “liquid modernity” (2000). In The Green Road, Enright uses a recurrent topic, a family gathering, to observe the multiple forms in which particular experiences seem to have suffered a process of fragmentation during the Celtic Tiger period. A comprehensive analysis of the form and plot of the novel exposes the ideological contradictions inherent in the once hegemonic notion of Irish family and brings attention to the different forms of individual vulnerability, aging in particular, for which Celtic Tiger Ireland has no answer.

KEYWORDS: Anne Enright, The Green Road, Ireland, contemporary fiction, Celtic Tiger, mobility, fragmentation, vulnerability, aging 

doi: 10.6018/ijes/2018/1/277781


‘One does not take sides in these neutral latitudes': Myles na gCopaleen and The Emergency

Germán Asensio Peral (Universidad de Almería)


The years of the Second World War (1939-1945), a period known as The Emergency in Ireland, were pivotal for the development of the nation. Immediately after the outburst of the war in the continent, the Fianna Fáil cabinet led by Éamon de Valera declared the state of emergency and adopted a neutrality policy. To ensure this, the government imposed strict censorship control, especially on journalism and the media. The aim of the censorship system was to ensure that war facts were presented as neutrally as possible to avoid any potential retaliation from any of the belligerents. This censorship apparatus, however, affected many intellectuals of the time who felt that their freedom of expression had been restrained even more. One of these dissenting writers was Brian O’Nolan (1911-1966), better known as Flann O’Brien or Myles na gCopaleen. For more than twenty-six years (1940-1966), he wrote a comic and satirical column in The Irish Times entitled Cruiskeen Lawn. In his column, O’Brien commented on varied problems affecting Dublin and Ireland as a whole. One of the many topics he began discussing was precisely Ireland’s neutral position in the war. Therefore, this paper aims at examining Ireland’s neutral position in the war as seen through a selection of columns from Cruiskeen Lawn, devoting special attention to the oppression of censorship and the distracting measures developed by de Valera’s government.

KEYWORDS: Irish literature, Flann O'Brien, Myles na gCopaleen, Cruiskeen Lawn, Second World War, The Emegency, de Valera 

doi: 10.6018/ijes/2018/1/282551


Study of accuracy and grammatical complexity in EFL writing

Ana Cristina Lahuerta (Universidad de Oviedo)


The aim of the present study is to compare the writing products of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) undergraduates using as measures accuracy and grammatical complexity. It also aims at examining the development of the morphological, syntactic, lexical, spelling, and punctuation errors committed by these learners when writing in English. Students enrolled in a University Degree in Modern Languages and their Literatures participated in the study. They were divided into advanced and upper intermediate according to their Oxford Placement Test score. Compositions were collected as the basis of this study. Results show that upper intermediate students exhibited a higher error mean in each of the error categories, namely, grammatical morphemes, lexical choice and syntax, as well as punctuation and spelling. However, an analysis of variance shows the differences between groups to be significant only in spelling errors and in punctuation errors.

KEYWORDS: writing, accuracy, complexity, grammatical morphemes, syntax, university 

doi: 10.6018/ijes/2018/1/258971


Promotion through claiming centrality in L1 and L2 English research article introductions

Karim Sadeghi, Jalil Abdi (Urmia University, Islamic Republic of Iran)



KEYWORDS: claiming centrality, marketization, promotion, research article introduction (RAI)

doi: 10.6018/ijes/2018/1/297381


Periodicity and the intimations of a Judaic universe in David Mamet’s Faustus

Mohammad Safaei (University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus)


David Mamet’s Faustus presents a complex amalgam of various ideas, traditions and cultures. After a preliminary discussion, in this essay, on the adaptive status of Mamet’s Faustus and on the myth of Faustus throughout history, I approach the notion of periodicity and time in the play, in its religious and anthropological contexts. I further investigate the same theme in tandem with the Nietzschean doctrine of eternal recurrence and its intersection with Judaism and, in specific, with Jewish philosopher Soloveitchik’s conception of halakhic man and its antithetical selves, namely cognitive man and homo religiosus. Exploring the echoes of Jewish existentialism in the works of Soloveitchik, I argue that the play, which is categorized as a typical adaptation of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, posits serious questions as to human existence and the significance of intellectual negation and spiritual challenge within a Judaic universe. The essay, beyond the analysis of intertextuality in Mamet’s Faustus, tends to underscore the play’s distinguished contribution to the myth of Faustus from a Judaic perspective.

KEYWORDS: Mamet, Faustus, eternal recurrence, Judaism, halakhic man

doi: 10.6018/ijes/2018/1/283321

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