English in Africa

About English in Africa

English in Africa, founded in 1974, is a scholarly journal with a focus on original research on African writing in English.

The Editor invites contributions on all aspects of English writing and the English language in Africa, including oral traditions and other South African languages in translation. While English in Africa specialises in publishing previously unpublished or out-of-print literary materials, it also publishes scholarly articles, reviews and review articles, tributes, book reviews, and editorials. It places a particular emphasis on new or under-researched areas in African literature, and has tended to favour historical rather than theoretical modes of enquiry.

Email the editor lbirch@uwc.ac.za 

Publication information

English in Africa is published three times a year by the Institute for the Study of the Englishes of Africa (ISEA), based at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.

Annual subscription for 2020:

Africa: R390.00 (including postage and VAT)
Overseas: $110.00 or £66.00 (including Forex charges)
Airmail – please add $16.00 or £9.00

Payments can also be made directly into the Rhodes University bank account:

Bank: First National Bank
High Street, Grahamstown
Branch Code: 210717
Account Holder: Rhodes University
Account no. 62145503076

Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ

REF: 19282 (followed by your surname)


To order back issues of English in Africa please email isea@ru.ac.za to find out whether we still have stock of the issues you require.

Last Modified: Fri, 02 Oct 2020 12:34:38 SAST

Editor needed

Editor needed for English in Africa

English in Africa is looking for a new editor to begin work in October 2021 (first issue: April 2022). The editor should have a good sense of the critical issues in South African and African literature today, and be willing to engage constructively with established and emerging scholarship and scholars in the field.

The editor’s main responsibilities would be:

  • selecting and compiling material for each issue
  • selecting cover art for each issue
  • identifying and selecting new books to review, and finding knowledgeable reviewers
  • corresponding with authors, notifying them of acceptances and rejections, as well as making constructive editorial suggestions
  • liaising with the typesetter and printers on production matters
  • proofreading
  • advising on the maintenance of the English in Africa page on the ISEA website
  • promoting English in Africa
  • communicating with relevant bodies such as Sabinet and AJOL to ensure the journal operates in accordance with accreditation requirements and maintains its presence in appropriate online databases and indexes
  • working with a small editorial team, including a reviews editor, assistant editors and administrative assistants
  • liaison on administrative matters with the publisher – the Institute for the Study of the Englishes of Africa (ISEA) at Rhodes University in Makhanda.

       (three issues a year, each of which will include between 4 and 6 scholarly articles of 6000 – 8000 words, and possibly one or more book reviews)

The editor can be based anywhere in South Africa. He or she will have the support of an editorial advisory board appointed by the ISEA. A small stipend is paid for the work.

If you’re interested, please send a letter of motivation spelling out your vision for the future of the journal, and a short CV, to isea@ru.ac.za before 30 MAY 2021.

Last Modified: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 11:00:12 SAST