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Professor Regenia Gagnier

Professor of English


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Professor  Regenia Gagnier's books and lectures have shaped the study of 19-21C British and anglophone culture with highly influential work on decadence, aesthetics and aestheticism, lifewriting and subjectivity, economics, individualism, and globalization. Idylls of the Marketplace: Oscar Wilde and the Victorian Public  (Stanford, 1986)  considered the role of the artist in market society.  Subjectivities: A History of Self-Representation in Britain 1832-1920 (Oxford, 1991) analyzed the relationship of social class and gender to literary form.  The Insatiability of Human Wants: Economics and Aesthetics in Market Society (Chicago, 2000) traced the moment when aesthetics and economics shifted from substantive to formal models and production to consumption.   Individualism, Decadence and Globalization: on the Relationship of Part to Whole 1859-1920  (Palgrave Macmillan 2010)  explored the relation of the individual to increasingly larger social units, from the dyad to the world citizen. Her book on modernization and the global circulation of political languages, Literatures of Liberalization: Global Circulation and the Long Nineteenth Century (2018) is  published  in the Palgrave series New Comparisons in World Literature.

Gagnier is Co-Editor wth Laura Doyle of the Global Circulation Project; associate editor, Feminist Economics; associate editor, Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities; Advisory Committee PMLA; editor and advisor COVE (Central Online Victorian Educator); editorial advisor  to Women: A Cultural Review; and on the editorial boards of Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, Nineteenth-Century Literature, English Literature in Transition 1880-1920, Partial Answers, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long 19C, Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, Kritika Kultura, Modern Turkish Literature, and RaVoN (Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net).

 Gagnier has won numerous awards and fellowships for teaching as well as research in Britain, Australasia, Europe, and North America. She has served on seven MLA Division Executive Committees in the USA; the AHRC Research Panel and CCUE Executive in the UK; the Steerng Committee of the Interational Association of University Professors of English; and RCUK Global Challenges as well as other national and international professional bodies. In 2006, she was made  Honorary Centenary Fellow of the English Association,  in 2008 elected to the Royal Society of Arts, in 2011 elected to the International Association of University Professors of English, in 2012 received by the Queen at Buckingham Palace for heritage and scholarship in literature and theatre, and in 2014 elected to Academia Europaea. In 2012, she was the Macgeorge Fellow at the University of Melbourne, in 2013 she gave the Ian Fletcher Lecture at Arizona State University at Tempe, and in 2014 Visiting Professor at the University of Delhi and Plenary Speaker at the English Language and Literature Association of Korea (Seoul).  In 2016-17 she co-hosted a conference at the Inda Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla,  and gave a keynote at the Asia Pacific Forum on Translation and World Literatures at UC Berkeley, among other Keynotes. She was President of the British Association for Victorian Studies 2009-12.

Gagnier is a native Californian who took her undergraduate and graduate degrees in English at the University of California at Berkeley.  She was tenured and made full professor at Stanford University, where she taught for fourteen years in English, Modern Thought and Literature, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and the Cultural Studies Group.  In 1996, she moved to the UK and the University of Exeter, where she is the Professor of English and Senior Fellow of Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences From 2008-2010 she was Director of Exeter's Interdisciplinary Institute (EII). 2009-2010 she was Chair of the Consortium of Institutes of Advanced Study UK and Ireland.

Research Specialisms:

  • Victorian and modern Britain, esp. the fin de siecle
  • migration studies and the global circulation of literatures and cultures
  • literary and social theory
  • sex, gender, sexuality
  • interdisciplinary studies, especially with the sciences and engineering
  • digital humanities