Dr George Yeats


Professional Biography

Dr George Yeats is a lecturer in English Literature with ten years of experience teaching a wide variety of subjects. His research specialisms are in the areas of Shakespeare and Urban Writing of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (such as Dickens and Gissing). Prior to becoming an academic, he spent a year in Paris working in the field of English language instruction to adults. Dr Yeats qualified at the Universities of Dublin (MPhil) and Cambridge (BA and Ph.D), beginning his teaching career at the latter. During his five years teaching for the University of Cambridge (2006-2011) he was a Director of Studies at Girton and Newnham Colleges, a special supervisor at Pembroke College and a tutor for over a dozen other colleges. In his previous capacity as a summer school lecturer at Pembroke and in his present post at Regent’s he has also gained extensive experience working with international students based at a wide variety of institutions: from Harvard, Yale and Virginia to Nanjing, Peking and Hong Kong.

In 2011 Dr Yeats joined Regent’s where he lectures on a range of topics including The History of Ideas from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century; Introducing the Humanities; Shakespeare; Literature from the Middle Ages to Modernity, London’s Literature and First World War Literature.


  • PhD, English Literature, University of Cambridge, 2007
  • MPhil, Anglo-Irish Literature, Trinity College, Dublin, 2002
  • BA Hons, English Literature, King's College, Cambridge, 2001

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2011 – current, Lecturer in English Literature, Regent's American College, London.
  • 2010 – 2011, Director of Second Year English Studies and Special Supervisor in English Literature, Newnham
  • 2008 – current, Lecturer for the International Programmes Department of Pembroke College, Cambridge
  • 2008 – 2009, Special Supervisor in English Literature, Pembroke College, Cambridge
  • 2007 – 2008, Director of Second Year English Studies and Special Supervisor in English Literature, Girton College, Cambridge


Yeats, G. (article 2011), ‘”Dirty Air”: Little Dorrit's Atmosphere, Nineteenth-Century Literature, 66.3, pp. 328–354. (article 2012) “Shakespeare's Victorian Legacy: Text as Monument and Emendation as Desecration”, Victorian Literature and Culture, 40.2, pp. 469-486.

Conference Papers Given

  • ‘Murdering Shakespeare: Hamlet and its Victorian parodists’, - Affiliates Conference, Regent’s University London. 2016
  • “Ford’s Undoing: The Art of Effacement in Some Do Not…” – ‘Aftermath’, King’s College, London. 2015
  • “Ways of Seeing the Western Front: Some Aspects of Ford's War Prose” – ‘Legacies of the First World War’, Regent’s University London. 2014
  • “Dickens's local influences” – ‘Dickens and Style', University of Oxford. 2012.

Research Interests

  • Shakespeare
  • Dickens
  • Representations of London in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Scholar and member of King's College, Cambridge

Teaching & Course Development

Teaching modules on Literary London, Shakespeare, Literary Landscapes, and Contexts: First World War Literature.