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, Anglo-German relations in the eighteenth century, philosophy and poetics, visual culture, and sports studies. 

He is the author of 
Fracture and Fragmentation in British Romanticism (Cambridge University Press, 2010), the editor of Wordsworth’s Poetic Theory (Palgrave, 2010) and he has edited special journal issues on “Mobilities” and “Genealogies”.


Regier’s articles on Wordsworth and language, ruins, Johann Georg Hamann’s metacritique, Walter Benjamin and street names, gendered articles and philosophy, Durs Grünbein’s prose, utopianism, and the aesthetics of sport have appeared in European Romantic Review, Wordsworth in Context (ed. Bennett),Ruins of Modernity (ed. Hell, Schönle)Oxford Handbook of European Romanticism (ed. Hamilton),The Germanic ReviewForum for Modern Language Studies, Durs Grünbein Today (ed. Young, Leeder)Tous azimuts, and Sport in History


Currently, he is completing Exorbitant Enlightenment: Anglo-German Constellations, a comparative monograph about Anglo-German relations during the eighteenth century with particular attention to William Blake and Georg Hamann. His contributions to Keats-Shelley Journal, Blake in Context (ed. Haggarty), The Cambridge Companion to “Lyrical Ballads” (ed. Bushell), and The Cultures of Sport in the Long Eighteenth Century (ed. O’Quinn; Tadie) are forthcoming.


Since 2011, Regier also serves as the editor of the scholarly journal SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, most recently an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, and a Visiting Fellowship at
CRASSH (Cambridge).