Charlotte Ribeyrol
Lecturer in French


I studied at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), and completed my doctorate at the University Paris-Sorbonne Nouvelle in 2008. I was appointed Lecturer in 19th century British Literature at the University Paris-Sorbonne. In 2015 I was elected a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. In March 2016 I joined Trinity College, where I held a Junior Research Fellowship, as part of the two-year Marie Sklodowska Curie project on the ‘Colours of the Past in Victorian England’.


I am currently on research leave. At the Sorbonne I teach courses on 19th-century English literature and art history at undergraduate and masters levels.


Since my doctorate, my research has focused on Hellenism in Victorian poetry and painting, which was the subject of my first monograph, « Étrangeté, passion, couleur », L’hellénisme de Swinburne, Pater et Symonds (1865-1880) (ELLUG, Grenoble, 2013). In keeping with my interest in the reception of antique polychromy, my current project explores the cultural history of colour and chromatic materialities in 19th century art and literature. I have just co-led a major inter-disciplinary project in France, alongside chemists and classicists, investigating the use of pigments in various works from antiquity to the nineteenth century, and discussing their cultural relevance as well as their literary and artistic impact. This led to the publication of a volume entitled The Colours of the Past in Victorian England (Peter Lang, Oxford, 2016).

Selected Publications

The Colours of the Past in Victorian England. (ed.) Oxford, Peter Lang, 2016.

Antique bodies in Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture. (ed. with C. Bertonèche) Miranda, n°11, 2015.

Late Victorian Paganism. (ed. with C. Murray) Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens, 2015.

« Étrangeté, passion, couleur », L’hellénisme de Swinburne, Pater et Symonds (1865-1880). Grenoble, ELLUG, 2013.

Inventer la peinture grecque antique. (ed. with S. Alexandre and N. Philippe) Lyon, ENS-Éditions, 2012.