Rice University

Department of English

Alexander Regier

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Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Associate Professor of English 

Office: Herring Hall 320
Phone: 713-348-5732
Email: a.regier@rice.edu

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Alexander Regier teaches eighteenth and nineteenth century British literature, with a particular focus on the literary culture of the Enlightenment and Romanticism. His main research interests include aesthetics, the lyric, Anglo-German Romanticism, philosophy and poetics, theories of language, visual culture, irony, the grotesque, and sports studies. 

He is the author of Fracture and Fragmentation in British Romanticism (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and the editor of Wordsworth’s Poetic Theory (Palgrave, 2010). Since 2011 he also serves as the editor of SEL (Studies in English Literature 1500-1900). His two co-edited special issues of SEL on “Exchanges and Temporalities in the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Victorianism” are forthcoming (2016). He is also editing a special issue of Republics of Letters on “Sports” (Stanford, 2017)

Regier’s articles on rhetoric, Wordsworth, Georg Hamann, Durs Grünbein, Walter Benjamin, ruins, utopianism, contemporary poetry, and the aesthetics of sport have appeared in FMLS, European Romantic Review, Germanic Review, Ruins of Modernity (ed. Hell, Schönle), Tous azimuts, Durs Grünbein Today (ed. Young, Leeder), Oxford Handbook of European Romanticism (ed. Hamilton) and Wordsworth in Context (ed. Bennett), and Sport in History.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. 

Currently, he is working on a comparative monograph (Troubling Enlightenment) about Anglo-German relations during the Enlightenment and early Romanticism with particular attention to William Blake, Georg Hamann, and contemporary literary theory. Further projects include a book (Training Grace: Aesthetics, Writing, Sport) and an edited collection (Modern Sports Writing) on contemporary sports writing, as well as essays on Byron, Keats, visual culture, Gerhard Richter, and the sense of the “real” in Romanticism.