Dr Amber Regis
BA (Leeds) MA PhD PGCHE (Keele)
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
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I joined the School of English in September 2012 as a Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature. Previously I have taught across the arts and humanities at several institutions, including Chester, Keele and Liverpool John Moores, and held an Associate Lectureship at the Open University.
My primary research interests lie in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature, particularly life-writing, women’s writing and ‘queer’ identities. I also work in adaptation studies and have published on lesbian period drama, docu-soap television and Dickens on film.
I am currently pursuing several research projects. These include a book length study of Victorian auto/biography and its relation to fiction and narrative poetry, and a new edition of the Memoirs of John Addington Symonds. I am also working on essays exploring the legacy of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own in feminist life-writing criticism, representations of Charlotte Brontë on the twenty-first-century stage, and a study of ‘living history’ museums and TV series that seek to (re )construct the Victorian quotidian.
I am a member of the British Association for Victorian Studies and the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain.
I contribute to modules across the undergraduate degree programme, including ‘Critical Contexts’ (convenor, 2013-14), ‘Romantic and Victorian Prose’, ‘Studying Prose’ and ‘Studying Poetry’. I also run a special subject module at Level 2 entitled ‘Secrets and Lies: Victorian Life-Writing’.
At postgraduate level, I teach on the MA in Nineteenth-Century Studies and contribute to the following team-taught modules: ‘Interdisciplinary Approaches to Nineteenth-Century Studies’, ‘Fiction and Reality’ (convenor, 2013-14) and ‘Poetry and History’.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and hold teaching qualifications in HE.
I enjoy communicating my research to audiences beyond the University sector, and I represent the School of English on the Faculty’s External Affairs Committee.
I have given invited talks to literary societies and women’s groups, and I am a contributor to ‘Textile Stories’, a public engagement initiative organised by the English Department at the University of Chester. Through its blog (http://dwtextilestories.blogspot.co.uk/) and events, ‘Textile Stories’ brings together academics and members of the local community to explore the relationship between literature, life stories and the making, exchange and collecting of textile artefacts.
- ‘Late style and speaking out: J.A. Symonds’s In the Key of Blue ’, English Studies, 94:2 (2013), 206-31 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0013838X.2013.767081
- [Co-authored with David Amigoni] ‘Introduction: (Re)Reading John Addington Symonds (1840-93)’, English Studies, 94:2 (2013), 131-6. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0013838X.2013.767567
- [Co-authored with Deborah Wynne] ‘Miss Havisham’s Dress: Materialising Dickens in Film Adaptations of Great Expectations’, Neo-Victorian Studies, 5:2 (2012), 35-58 http://www.neovictorianstudies.com/issues/NVS%205-2-3%20A-Regis%20+%20D-Wynne.pdf
- ‘Early career Victorianists and social media: impact, audience and online identities’, Journal of Victorian Culture, 17: 3 (2012), 355-62. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13555502.2012.689504
- ‘Competing Life Narratives: Portraits of Vita Sackville-West’, Life Writing, 8:3 (2011), 287-300. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14484528.2011.579241
- [Co-authored with David Amigoni] ‘The colony, the carpenter’s shop, and the making of the queer “man of letters”: hybridity, art, and sexuality in J.A. Symonds’s writing’, Ètudes Anglaises, 61:3 (2008), 300-310. http://www.cairn.info/revue-etudes-anglaises-2008-3-p-300.htm
- ‘Performance anxiety and costume drama: lesbian sex on the BBC’, in Television, Sex and Society: Analysing Contemporary Representations, ed. James Aston, Basil Glyn and Beth Johnson (London: Continuum, 2012), pp. 137-50. http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/television-sex-and-society-9780826434982/
- ‘But something betwixt and between: Roger Fry and the contradictions of biography’, in Contradictory Woolf, ed. Derek Ryan and Stella Bolaki (Clemson: Clemson University Press, 2012), pp. 82-7. http://www.clemson.edu/cedp/cudp/pubs/vwcon/21.html
- ‘From all this diversity…not a riot of confusion but a richer unity: The limits of self-representation in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando’, in Woolfian Boundaries, ed. Anna Burrells et al (Clemson: Clemson University Press, 2007), pp. 8-14. http://www.clemson.edu/caah/cedp/cudp/pubs/vwcon/16.html
- ‘Genre’, The Virtual Theorist, ed. Serena Trowbridge (Higher Education Academy and Birmingham City University, 2013), http://blogs.bcu.ac.uk/virtualtheorist/.
Journal Special Issue
- ‘(Re)Reading John Addington Symonds’, special issue of English Studies, ed. Amber K. Regis and David Amigoni, 94:2 (2013), 131-250. http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/nest20/94/2#.UiCqXNK-qf8
I have published reviews in the Times Literary Supplement, Journal of Victorian Culture, Victorian Review and Virginia Woolf Bulletin.