Dr Amber Regis

Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature


Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA


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.


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 I will collect together, for the very first time, Forster’s public short stories, his private stories unpublished in his lifetime on account of their explicit homosexual context, and his unfinished prose fragments.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.


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.


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.


Commissioned and under contract
  • E.M Forster’s Shorter Fiction, part of the Cambridge Edition of the Fiction of E.M. Forster (commissioned critical edition: Cambridge University Press)
  • Edinburgh Companion to the Brontës and the Arts, co-edited with Deborah Wynne (commissioned edited collection: Edinburgh University Press). This volume will also contain my chapter exploring ‘Charlotte Brontë’s queer theatre’.
  • Victorian Auto/Biography: Tradition and Experiment in Biography and Autobiography, 1850-1940 (monograph under contract: Edinburgh University Press)
  • Charlotte Brontë: Legacies and Afterlives (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017; co-edited with Deborah Wynne)
  • The Memoirs of John Addington Symonds: A Critical Edition (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Selected journal articles
  • ‘Late Style and Speaking Out’: J.A. Symonds’s In The Key of Blue’, English Studies, 94.2 (2013), 206-31
  • ‘Miss Havisham’s Dress: Materialising Dickens in Film Adaptations of Great Expectations’, Neo-Victorian Studies, 5:2 (2012), 35-58 (co-authored with Deborah Wynne)
  • ‘Early career Victorianists and social media: impact, audience and online identities’, Journal of Victorian Culture, 17: 3 (2012), 355-62
  • ‘Competing Life Narratives: Portraits of Vita Sackville-West’, Life Writing, 8:3 (2011), 287-300
  • ‘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), 300-10 (co-authored with David Amigoni)
Selected book chapters
  • ‘Un/making the Victorians: Literary Biography, 1880-1930’, in The Blackwell Companion to Literary Biography, ed. by Richard Bradford (Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2019), pp. 63-86
  • ‘Charlotte Brontë on stage: 1930s biodrama and the archive/museum performed’, in Charlotte Brontë: Legacies and Afterlives, ed. by Amber K. Regis and Deborah Wynne (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017), pp. 116-41
  • ‘Virginia Woolf, genre bending and feminist life-writing’, in Feminist Moments: Reading Feminist Texts, ed. by Susan Bruce and Kathy Smits (London: Bloomsbury, 2016), pp. 123-30
  • ‘Performance anxiety and costume drama: lesbian sex on the BBC’, in Television, Sex and Society: Analysing Contemporary Representations, ed. by James Aston, Basil Glyn and Beth Johnson (London: Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2012), pp. 137-50