Dr. Regulus Allen

Regulus Allen

Associate Professor

English Major Advisor


Office:  Bldg. 47-35R
Phone: 805-756-2398
E-mail: Regulus Allen

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Ph.D.  English, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A.   English, University of California, Los Angeles
B.A.   English and Communication Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, magna cum laude

Teaching and Research Interests

Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature
British Romanticism
African American Literature

My book project, Vacant Spaces: Imaginings of the African Woman in British Literature, 1688-1838, explores representations of African women in English travel writing and fiction, from the introduction of Imoinda in Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko (1688), to the end of British slavery in 1838. I argue that English writers fundamentally perceived black women as disturbing and contradictory figures. Traditional thought associated blackness with monstrosity, savagery, and lasciviousness, while womanhood ideally signified beauty, civilization, and chastity; thus, the black woman embodied a self-negating identity. Their symbolic vacancy rendered African women literary ciphers to represent the varied imaginings and anxieties of authors, who mainly figured them as sex objects, slave mothers, and sacrifices.


“Speculation in Mansfield Park.” Approaches to Teaching Austen’s Mansfield Park. Ed. Marcia McClintock Folsom and John Wiltshire. New York: Modern Language Association. September 2014.

“‘The Sable Venus’ and Desire for the Undesirable.” SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 51.3 (Summer 2011): 667-691.

“The Sonnets of William Hayley and Gift Exchange.” European Romantic Review 13.4 (2002): 383-392.

Selected Presentations

"The Woman of Color in the Eighteenth Century." Organized and Chaired Roundtable, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting. Pittsburgh, PA. March 2016.

"African Mothers and Mother Africa in British Travel Writing." British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS) Annual Conference. Oxford, England, United Kingdom. January 2016.

“Representations of Women of Color during the Long Eighteenth Century.” The Future World of Eighteenth-Century Studies: A Conference in Honor of Felicity Nussbaum. Los Angeles, CA. November 2015.

"Mutinous Slave Mothers in Aphra Behn's and Thomas Southerne's Oroonoko." Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS). Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. October 2015.

"Rebellious Slave Mothers in Aphra Behn's Oroonoko." Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. May 2015.

"Sarah (Saartjie) Bartmann & The Hottentot Venus." Invited Talk. University of Nevada, Las Vegas. March 26, 2015.

“Doomed Maternity in the Inkle and Yarico Legend.” Early Caribbean Society (ECS) Symposium. London, UK. July 2014.

Conference Organized

"Race, Gender, and Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century." Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (WSECS) Annual Meeting. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. February 12-14, 2015.

Courses Taught

Race, Gender, and Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century (English 512, Graduate Seminar)

The Eighteenth Century, An Age of Satire (English 512, Graduate Seminar)

Slavery and Abolition in British Literature, 1780-1838 (English 439, Senior Seminar)

Eighteenth-Century Fiction and Film (English 439, Senior Seminar)

From Hampshire to Hollywood: Jane Austen Fiction and Film (English 439, Senior Seminar)

Transatlantic Romanticism, 1789-1838 (English 303: English Major Core IV)

The Transatlantic Eighteenth Century, 1660-1789 (English 205: English Major Core III)

African American Literature (English 347, General Education)

British Literature in the Age of Romanticism, 1798-1832 (English 333, General Education)

British Literature in the Age of Enlightenment, 1660-1798 (English 332, General Education)

Masterworks of British Literature through the 18th Century (English 230, General Education)

Professional Memberships

Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, President, 2014-2015
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
Early Caribbean Society
Modern Language Association

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