Dr Lucia Ruprecht

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BA (Aix-en-Provence), MA (Tübingen, Aix-en-Provence), PhD (Cantab)

Official Fellow; Director of Studies in History and Modern Languages; Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages
College Teaching Officer in German

Teaching Interests

Lucia Ruprecht teaches literature, thought, critical theory, and film and performance culture on the nineteenth and twentieth century papers, and on the Faculty's modern comparative papers. She supervises for the MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures, and for the MPhil in Film and Screen Studies. She has supervised and examined, both nationally and internationally, PhDs on topics related to literature, dance, and film, and currently supervises PhDs on the relationships between literature, dance, and sound. Lucia Ruprecht welcomes research students in any of her fields of expertise. At Emmanuel College, she runs the first-year essay writing seminar and the second-year MML Theory seminar.


Lucia Ruprecht’s research is situated at the intersection of literature, dance, film and cultural theory. Her first book Dances of the Self in Heinrich von Kleist, E.T.A. Hoffmann and Heinrich Heine (2006) won a Special Citation for the 2007 de la Torre Bueno Prize. Her second book is Gestural Imaginaries: Dance and Cultural Theory in the Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press, 2019). She is co-editor of three collections of essays, Performance and Performativity in German Cultural Studies (2003, with Carolin Duttlinger and Andrew Webber), Cultural Pleasure (2009, with Michael Minden), and New German Dance Studies (2012, with Susan Manning), editor of a special section of the open-access Journal Performance Philosophy entitled ‘Towards an Ethics of Gesture’, and prepares (with Bettina Brandl-Risi) the Handbuch Literatur & Performance for a major new series by international publisher De Gruyter. She was a funded research associate from 2005 to 2010 in the project ‘The Virtuoso’s Stage: Performance at the Limit’ (led by Gabriele Brandstetter) at the research centre Kulturen des Performativen at Free University Berlin. This resulted in a series of articles on the imaginary life of nineteenth-century virtuosity, on the status of virtuosity in Vaslav Nijinsky’s choreography, and on the virtuosity of servitude in Robert Walser, W.G. Sebald, and the Brothers Quay. Lucia Ruprecht also works on a wide range of other topics, including Franz Kafka’s early writings, nineteenth-century dance criticism, queer modernism, and grief and mourning in contemporary dance.

From 2013 to 2015, she was a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Institute for Theatre and Dance Studies, Free University Berlin. In 2019, the Humboldt Foundation renewed her Fellowship for a three-months stay at the Institute for Theatre and Media Studies at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg. In 2016, she was the inaugural Visiting Research Scholar at Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University, Philadelphia. She is a member of the Cambridge Writing Dance Workshop. She is also a Trustee of the Kurt Hahn Trust, and a member of the editorial board of the Bithell series of Dissertations. She lectures widely at national and international conferences.

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