Dr John Regan

John Regan

Dr John Regan

Lecturer in Lit. & Digital Creative Ind.

Personal profile

I have two main academic interests. The first can broadly be described as how the digital might transform knowledge. Within this, my research explores how the digital can change what we know about literature in particular. My second major interest is eighteenth-centuury literature, aesthetics and theories of human progress. As my research outputs show, these two domains intersect and are mutually-nourishing. 

On literature and the digital, I am designing courses at Royal Holloway that aim to go beyond what John Naughton has called 'power steering for the humanities'. In other words, my teaching is designed to show how the use of digital tools, from smart phones and tablets to algorithms and network visualisations, can make a qualitative change to reading, writing and interpreting literature. 

It is may aim to make students ask themselves: has the digital added anything to the store of knowledge as currently conceived? Or has it produced a type of knowdge that is new in kind? What aesthetic or intellectual affordances do the many forms of digital technology make us as we read and interpret; as we think about and indeed compose beautiful writing? 

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