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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

 

Dr Lucia Ruprecht

Lucia Ruprecht
Position(s): 
College Teaching Officer
Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages at Emmanuel College
Affiliated Lecturer at the Department of German and Dutch
Department/Section: 
German & Dutch
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 330197
Location: 

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA
United Kingdom

Teaching interests: 

 

  • 19th- and 20th-century literature and thought
  • film and performance culture
  • history and theory of dance
  • critical theory

Lucia Ruprecht welcomes research students in any of her fields of expertise.

 

Research interests: 

 

  • history, theory, and aesthetics of theatre dance
  • cultures of gesture
  • queer modernism
  • virtuosity and charisma
  • Weimar film
  • 19th-century German literature (among others Kleist, Hoffmann, Heine)
  • 20th-century German literature (among others Kafka, Robert Walser, W. G. Sebald)

 

Recent research projects: 

 

‘Reenactment as Historiography: A New History of 20th-Century Dance’ (in preparation)

‘Virtuosity and Charisma’, carried out from 2005 to 2010 in collaboration with 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

 

Published works: 

 

Monographs

Gestural Imaginaries: Dance and Cultural Theory in the Early Twentieth Century (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019)

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Dances of the Self in Heinrich von Kleist, E. T. A. Hoffmann and Heinrich Heine (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006) (Special citation, de la Torre Bueno Prize for Dance Studies). 

 

Edited Volumes

Towards an Ethics of Gesture, Special Section of Performance Philosophy 3/1 (2017).  
 

New German Dance Studies, edited with Susan Manning (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2012). 
 

Special Issue on ‘Cultural Pleasure’, edited with Michael Minden, German Life & Letters 62/3 (2009). 

Performance and Performativity in German Cultural Studies, edited with Carolin Duttlinger and Andrew Webber (Oxford: Lang, 2003). 

 

Articles and Chapters

‘Afterword: Notes after the Fact’, in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Reenactment, ed. by Mark Franko (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018), 607-620.

'Introduction: Towards an Ethics of Gesture', Performance Philosophy 3/1 (2017), 4-22. 
 

Gesture, Interruption, Vibration: Rethinking Early Twentieth-Century Gestural Theory and Practice in Walter Benjamin, Rudolf von Laban and Mary Wigman’, Dance Research Journal 47/2 (2015), 23-42. 
 

Crossmapping Grief in William Forsythe’s Three Atmospheric Studies’, Forum for Modern Language Studies 50/3 (2014), 289-304. 
 

‘Anfangsszenen von Autorschaft in Franz Kafka’s Betrachtung’, in Franz Kafka’s ‘Betrachtung’: Neue Lektüren, ed. by Carolin Duttlinger (Freiburg: Rombach, 2014), 37-56.
 

The Imaginary Life of Nineteenth-Century Virtuosity’, DVjs 87/3 (2013), 323-55.
 

‘Werthers Walzer. Tanz als kulturelle Codierung von Liebe und Intimität’, Goethe Jahrbuch (2011), 44-59. 
 

Ambivalent Agency: Gestural Performances of Hands in Weimar Dance and Film’,  Seminar 46/3 (2010), 255-75. 
 

Virtuoso Servitude and (De)Mobilization in Robert Walser, W. G. Sebald and the Brothers Quay’, The German Quarterly 83/1 (2010), 58-76. 
 

Pleasure and Affinity in W. G. Sebald and Robert Walser’, German Life & Letters 62/3 (2009) 311-26.  
 

Der Virtuose geht. Waslaw Nijinskys L’Après-midi d’un faune’, Arcadia 43/2 (2008), 237-56. 

 

Full list of publications