Alexander Regier

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Alexander Regier has a joint appointment in the Department of English and the Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures.

His main research areas lie in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and philosophy, multilingualism, comparative humanities, aesthetics, visual culture, sports studies, and animal studies.

Regier has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, most recently an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (spent at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich) and a Visiting Fellowship at the Centre for Research in the Arts Social Sciences and Humanities CRASSH (Cambridge).

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 working on awkwardness (Awkwardness: A Short Poetics) and animal studies (The Creaturely: Magic and Mimesis from Blake to Benjamin), while also completing a commissioned book entitled Lesen macht Arbeit: The Labour of Reading, which will appear in the Transcript series Wie wir lesen: Essays zur Geschichte und Zukunft des Lesens (How we Read: Essays on the History and Future of Reading).

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 Studies,  Durs Grünbein Today (ed. Young, Leeder), The Cambridge Companion to "Lyrical Ballads" (ed. Bushell), European Romantic ReviewWordsworth in Context (ed. Bennett), The Byron JournalBlake in Context (ed. Haggarty), Ruins of Modernity (ed. Hell, Schönle), Oxford Handbook of European Romanticism (ed. Hamilton), The Germanic Review,Tous azimuts, and Sport in History.

Regier 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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