Amber Regis :: "Looking Glasses At Odd Corners"

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Academic Conferences


‘Charlotte Brontë on Stage: 1930’s Biodrama and the Archive/Museum Performed’ Charlotte Brontë: A Bicentennial Celebration of her Life and Works, Chawton House Library, 13-14 May 2016.

‘On not becoming human: Victorian animal life-writing and the problem with poodles’, Becoming Human with the Victorians, Université Paris Diderot, 4-5 February 2016.


‘Canine collaboration: memory, reflection and human-animal voices in Lucy Thornton’s The Story of A Poodle (1889)’, Writing Lives Together: Romantic and Victorian Biography, University of Leicester, 18 September 2015.

‘Weird writing in a wild old place: Gaskell’s fantasied parsonage in The Life of Charlotte Brontë‘, Placing the Author: Literary Tourism in the Long Nineteenth Century, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Manchester, 20 June 2015.


‘Secrets and Lies: First Encounters with Victorian Life-Writing’, Victorian and Edwardian Lives and Letters, University of Hertfordshire, 10-11 July 2014.

Part of a special panel on “Teaching Nineteenth-Century Life-Writing in the Twenty-First Century” with Trev Broughton (York) and Helen Rogers (LJMU).


‘Selves, others and sexual landscapes: Venice and Davos in the autobiographical writings of J.A. Symonds’, The Global and the Local, Joint Meeting of the North American, British and Australasian Victorian Studies Associations (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice), 3-6 June 2013.

Part of a special panel on “Itinerant Lives” with Trev Broughton (York) and James Williams (York).


‘Performing autobiography, performing diary: narrative scripts in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh’, Narrative Matters 2012: Life and Narrative (American University of Paris), 29 May- 1 June 2012


‘Lesbian lives in your living room: sex, scandal and costume drama’, Gender Research Symposium (University of Chester), 5 November 2011

‘Collage, collecting and self-making in the Memoirs of John Addington Symonds’, Composition and Decomposition (University of Birmingham), 1-3 September 2011

‘“But something betwixt and between”: Roger Fry and the contradictions of biography’, Contradictory Woolf (University of Glasgow), 9-12 June 2011


‘Private lives in public? Vita Sackville-West and the rhetoric of intimacy’, Life Writing and Intimate Publics (University of Sussex), 28 June-1 July 2010


‘Definitive Lives? Portraits of Vita Sackville-West’, Biography: History, Mystery and Myth (University of East Anglia), 14 November 2009

‘“Butchers chop up pigs, we write books”: Portraits of Vita Sackville-West’, Lives in Relation: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Life Writing (Lincoln University), 30 October 2009


‘Erasing Digression from the Memoirs of John Addington Symonds’, Life and Works: The Contexts and Practices of Victorian Life Writing (Keele University), 16 June 2008


‘Erasing Digression from the Memoirs of John Addington Symonds’, Textual Wanderings: The Theory and Practice of Digression in Literature (University of Leeds), 30 November 2007

‘Gendered Self-Representation and the Female Body in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh’, Debating the Difference: Gender, Representation and Self-Representation (University of Dundee), 5-6 September 2007

‘Elite and Common Forms of Life Writing in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh’, Victorian Cultural Industries and Elites (University of Salford), 30 August-1 September 2007


‘“From all this diversity…not a riot of confusion, but a richer unity”: The limits of self representation in Orlando: A Biography’, Woolfian Boundaries (University of Birmingham), 22-25 June 2006

‘“Fire and valour, rather than tenderness or tears”: John Addington Symonds and the construction of homosexual masculinities’, Victorian Masculinities (University of Birmingham/Keele University) 20-21 April 2006

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