Alexander Regier

WEBSITE(S)| English | Latin American and Latinx Studies | German Studies


  • PhD, University of Cambridge, UK


Research and Teaching

  • Comparative Literature 
  • Poetics
  • Aesthetics and Visual Culture
  • Sports Studies


Recent Courses

  • ENGL 600 Topics in Literary Studies
  • ENGL 536 Enlightenment in Context
  • ENGL 484 Lyrical Ballads
  • ENGL 346 The Joy of Sports


Alexander Regier has a joint appointment in the departments of English and Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures. He teaches eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and German literature and thought, with a particular focus on the literary culture of the Enlightenment and Romanticism. His main research interests include aesthetics, Anglo-German relations, philosophy and poetics, visual culture, sports studies, animal studies, and Latin American literature.

Regier is the author of two books, Exorbitant Enlightenment (2018) and Fracture and Fragmentation in British Romanticism (2010), and he serves as the editor of SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900. Regier is co-editor (with Chris Young and Kasia Boddy) of the forthcoming Bloomsbury Handbook on Sports Writing, 1789-2020.

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, Germany) and a Visiting Fellowship at the Centre for Research in the Arts Social Sciences and Humanities (Cambridge, UK).

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 (Bielefeld: Transcript, 2022) which will appear in the series Wie wir lesen: Essays zur Geschichte und Zukunft des Lesens (How we Read: Essays on the History and Future of Reading).


Selected Publications


1. Books and Edited Volumes

  • Exorbitant Enlightenment: Blake, Hamann, and Anglo-German Constellations (Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2018).
  • Fracture and Fragmentation in British Romanticism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
  • Ed. with Stefan H. Uhlig, Wordsworth's Poetic Theory: Knowledge, Language, Experience (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).


2. Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Awkward Relations: Philosophy and Poetry in Lyrical Ballads” in Sally Bushell (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to “Lyrical Ballads” (Cambridge University Press, 2020), 191-208. 

  • “Byron’s Dark Side: Human and Natural Catastrophe in Don Juan and ‘Darkness’,” The Byron Journal 41/7 (2019), 31-42.
“Moravianism” in Sarah Haggarty (ed.), Blake in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2019), 293-300.
“What is Training?” in Daniel O’Quinn (ed.), Sporting Cultures, 1650-1850 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018), 272-93.
“Johann Georg Hamann: Metacritique and Poesis in Counter-Enlightenment,” in Paul Hamilton (ed.), Oxford Handbook of European Romanticism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 165-183. 
  • “Wordsworth’s Language,” in Andrew Bennett (ed.), William Wordsworth in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), 275-82

  • “Philosophy and Poetry in Durs Grünbein’s Prose,” in Chris Young and Michael Eskind (eds.), Durs Grünbein Today (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2013) 95-118.