Alexander Regier

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Alexander Regier is William Faulkner Professor of English and chair of the English department. He also holds a full appointment in the Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures.

In recent years, he has won fellowships at the National Humanities Center (2023), a research award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2023), the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (taken at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, 2018-20) as well as visiting fellowships at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities in Cambridge (2017), Clare Hall (Cambridge, 2017), and The University of Exeter (2015).

He is the author of the books Exorbitant Enlightenment: Blake, Hamann, and Anglo-German Constellations (Oxford University Press, 2018) and Fracture and Fragmentation in British Romanticism (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He has co-edited the collection Wordsworth’s Poetic Theory (Palgrave, 2010) as well as special journal issues on “Mobilities” and “Genealogies” and the Bloomsbury Handbook on Sports Writing 1789-2020, which is under contract.

Currently, he is completing a monograph on awkwardness as an aesthetic and political category (Awkwardness: The History and Art of Unease), and composing a book on the concept of the creaturely (Representing Creatures: Blake, Büchner, Quiroga, Celan). His commissioned volume on Blake, entitled Lesen macht Arbeit(The Labour of Reading), will appear in German.

Regier’s articles on “what is training?”, gendered language, Durs Grünbein’s prose, Wordsworth, Blake, Moravianism, ruins, Johann Georg Hamann, Walter Benjamin and street names, utopianism, and the aesthetics of sport have appeared in Sporting Cultures (ed. O'Quin; Tadie), Forum for Modern Language StudiesDurs Grünbein Today (ed. Young, Leeder), The Cambridge Companion to "Lyrical Ballads" (ed. Bushell), European Romantic ReviewWilliam Wordsworth in Context (ed. Bennett), The Byron JournalWilliam Blake in Context (ed. Haggarty), Ruins of Modernity (ed. Hell, Schönle), The Oxford Handbook of European Romanticism (ed. Hamilton), The Germanic ReviewTous azimuts, and Sport in History.

He served as the editor of the scholarly journal SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 from 2011-22.

Research Areas

Aesthetics; Anglo-German relations; philosophy and poetics, visual culture, sports studies, and animal studies

Teaching Areas

British literature with a particular focus on the literary culture of the Enlightenment and Romanticism


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