Amber Regis :: "Looking Glasses At Odd Corners"

Life-writing, literature, popular culture.

Storying Sheffield 2012

Back in June I found myself on a train reading the following passage from George Eliot’s Middlemarch: [Bulstrode] felt the scenes of his earlier life coming between him and everything … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Book Chapter: Contradictory Woolf

Just a quick post to announce the publication of my book chapter on Virginia Woolf’s Roger Fry (1940), the Omega Workshops and her contradictory theorising of biography: “But something betwixt … Continue reading

June 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Nineteenth-Century Memory: On Biography, Forgetfulness and Not Knowing

In March this year I attended a conference at Leeds Trinity University College on the theme of Nineteenth-Century Memory: Approaches and Appropriations. Papers ranged broadly, from Victorian accounts of the … Continue reading

April 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

Review Essay on Victorian Life-Writing (JVC 17.1)

A quick post to announce the publication of my review essay on recent studies of Victorian life-writing in the Journal of Victorian Culture. I was asked to review Max Saunders’ … Continue reading

April 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture, 28 January 2012

Last Saturday I travelled down to London for the annual Virginia Woolf birthday lecture organised by the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain. Fittingly, the event was held in the … Continue reading

January 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

Objects and Material Things II: Souvenirs and Collecting

Last week I blogged about two very different life-narratives emerging from two very similar items: Victorian decoupage screens — one created by a man, Charles Dickens, and the other created … Continue reading

December 4, 2011 · 8 Comments

Objects and Material Things I: Reading Screens

Charles Dickens has been in the news a lot recently. With his bicentenary in 2012, events and celebrations are being announced with increasing frequency (such as a BFI film festival … Continue reading

November 27, 2011 · 4 Comments

Crossing Over

I was particularly struck by an article in this week’s Times Higher Education: ‘Through the eyes of others’ (27 Oct–2 Nov 2011). It asked what the positives and pitfalls are … Continue reading

October 31, 2011 · Leave a comment

Allusive Biography: The Life of Charlotte Brontë

I’ve just finished re-reading Elizabeth Gaskell’s 1857 biography, The Life of Charlotte Brontë. The book caused widespread controversy on its first publication; lawsuits were threatened and readers were scandalised by … Continue reading

October 25, 2011 · 2 Comments

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