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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Lucia Ruprecht

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

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

Teaching interests: 


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

Dr Ruprecht welcomes inquiries from potential MPhil and PhD students with research interests relevant to her interests.


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: 



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

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