Dr Amber Regis

School of English

Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature

English Amber Regis
a.regis@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 8469

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Dr Amber Regis
School of English
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA
Profile

I joined the School of English in September 2012, having previously taught across the arts and humanities at several institutions including Chester, Keele, Liverpool John Moores and the Open University.

I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in January 2018.

Research interests

My research expertise lies in Victorian life-writing. As a critic and textual editor, I am fascinated by the literary experimentation required when representing lives that defy social demands for silence or invisibility. To this end, my work explores the work and legacies of radical and transgressive figures, particularly women writers and “queer” artists from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I am currently completing a monograph on radical form in Victorian auto/biography for Edinburgh University Press.

I am a leading expert on the life and work of John Addington Symonds, and in 2016 I published the first complete edition of his Memoirs. This unique text records Symonds’s experience as a homosexual man living subject to nineteenth-century social mores and legal repression, and its publication enabled new “queer” histories of our Victorian past. My next editorial project will be E.M. Forster’s Shorter Fiction for Cambridge University Press (as part of the Cambridge Edition of the Fiction of E.M. Forster). I will collect together, for the very first time, Forster’s public short stories, his private stories unpublished in his lifetime on account of their explicit homosexual context, and his unfinished prose fragments.

I am also a Brontë scholar and in 2017 I co-edited (with Deborah Wynne) a field-defining study of Charlotte Brontë’s cultural legacies. This book also contained my original research into Brontë portraiture and biographical stage plays. I am in the early stages of a new research project on the Brontës’ prefatory writings, and I am co-editing The Edinburgh Companion to the Brontës and the Arts with Deborah Wynne for Edinburgh University Press.

I am a regular essayist and reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement.

Publications

Books

  • Regis A & Amigoni D (2013) (Re)Reading John Addington Symonds, a special issue of English Studies. RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

  • Regis A & Wynne D (Ed.) (2017) Charlotte Brontë: Legacies and Afterlives. Manchester: Manchester University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK & Amigoni D (Ed.) (2013) (Re) Reading John Addington Symonds.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK & Amigoni D (Ed.) (2013) (Re) Reading John Addington Symonds.. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Regis AK (2018) Un/making the Victorians: literary biography, 1880-1930 In Bradford R (Ed.), A Companion to Literary Biography (pp. 63-86). Chichester: John Wiley and Sons. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2017) Introduction In Regis AK (Ed.), The Memoirs of John Addington Symonds (pp. 1-56). London: Palgrave Macmillan. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis A (2016) Virginia Woolf, Genre-Bending and Feminist Life-Writing: A Room of One's Own In Bruce S & Smits K (Ed.), Feminist Moments: Reading Feminist Texts (pp. 115-122). London: Bloomsbury Academic. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis A (2012) Perfomance anxiety and costume drama: lesbian sex on the BBC In Aston J, Glyn B & Johnson B (Ed.), Television, Sex and Society: Analysing Contemporary Representations (pp. 137-150). London: Continuum View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis A (2012) "But something betwixt and between": Roger Fry and the contradictions of biography In Ryan D & Bolaki S (Ed.), Contradictory Woolf: Selected Papers from the Twenty-First Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf (pp. 82-87). Clemson: Clemson University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis A (2007) "From all this diversity ... not a riot of confusion but a richer unity": The limits of self representation in Virginia Woolf's Orlando: A Biography In Burrells A, Ellis S, Parsons D & Simpson K (Ed.), Woolfian Boundaries: Selected Papers from the Sixteenth Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf (pp. 8-14). Clemson: Clemson University Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews

  • Regis AK (2020) The Life and Adventures of Harvey Teasdale, The Converted Clown and Man Monkey, with His Remarkable Conversion in Wakefield Prison. Life Writing, 17(1), 125-128. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2018) CARRINGTON'S LETTERS Her art, her loves, her friendships Edited by Anne Chisholm. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(6029), 12-12. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2018) THE ILLUSTRATED LETTERS OF VIRGINIA WOOLF. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(5992), 31-31. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2017) CHEAP MODERNISM Expanding markets, publishers' series and the avant-garde. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(5967), 30-30. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2015) LIVING IN SQUARES, LOVING IN TRIANGLES The Lives and loves of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(5863), 17-17. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2015) LIFE IN SQUARES. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(5863), 17-17. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2015) BEHIND THE MASK The life of Vita Sackville-West. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(5844), 12-13. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2015) THE DISINHERITED A story of family, love and betrayal. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(5844), 12-13. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2015) Soft-focus tangles. TLS - The Times Literary Supplement(5863), 17. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2014) VIRGINIA WOOLF AND MUSIC. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(5819), 27-27. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2014) Randi Saloman, Virginia Woolf's Essayism (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012). 192pp. ISBN: 9780748646487.. Modernist Cultures, 9(2), 314-316. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2014) THE BLOOMSBURY GROUP MEMOIR CLUB. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(5807), 27-27. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2014) WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY FICTION, 1880-1945. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(5801), 27-27. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2014) THE LONDON SCENE Introduced by Hermione Lee. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(5790), 26-26. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2013) THE YEARS The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Virginia Woolf. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(5769), 14-15. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2013) CHARLESTON AND MONK'S HOUSE The intimate house museums of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(5769), 14-15. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2013) IN THE HOLLOW OF THE WAVE Virginia Woolf and Modernist uses of nature. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(5769), 14-15. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2013) VIRGINIA WOOLF AND THE THEATER. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(5769), 14-15. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2013) THE PUBLIC LIVES OF CHARLOTTE AND MARIE STOPES. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(5767), 30-30. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2012) ANGELS OF MODERNISM Religion, culture, aesthetics 1910-1960. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(5709), 26-26. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2012) CRITICAL CHILDREN The use of childhood in ten great novels. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT(5677), 27-27. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2012) Victorian Biography Reconsidered: A Study of Nineteenth-Century 'Hidden' Lives. JOURNAL OF VICTORIAN CULTURE, 17(1), 108-112. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2012) Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature. JOURNAL OF VICTORIAN CULTURE, 17(1), 108-112. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Regis AK (2008) Sex, Lies and Autobiography: The Ethics of Confession by James O’Rourke. Victorian Review, 34(2), 250-252. RIS download Bibtex download

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Scholarly editions

Research group

I have been involved with supervising PhD theses on topics including: servants’ letters and life-writing; Gothic thresholds in the Brontës; Sherlock Holmes and the non-human; nineteenth-century Switzerland; and Holocaust memoirs.

I have examined PhDs on the juvenilia of the Brontë and Rossetti families; First World War life-writing; protest in the work of G.W.M. Reynolds; and dialect in Victorian and neo-Victorian fiction.

I welcome PhD applications related to any of the following broad research areas: Victorian and modernist life-writing, Victorian gender and sexuality, textual editing, John Addington Symonds, E.M. Forster, and the Brontës.

Teaching activities

I teach on a wide range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. This varies each year, but will typically include:

  • LIT2000 Genre
  • LIT3101 Romantic and Victorian Prose
  • LIT3065 The Brontës (convenor)
  • LIT635 Confession (convenor)
  • LIT665 Reimagining the 18th and 19th Centuries

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and hold teaching qualifications in HE.