Charlotte RIBEYROL

Charlotte Ribeyrol is Professor in 19th century British Literature at Sorbonne Université in Paris.


Charlotte Ribeyrol’s main field of research is Victorian Hellenism and the reception of the colours of the past in 19th-century painting and literature.

In 2014-2016 she co-directed a major interdisciplinary project on chromatic materiality (POLYRE, IDEX Sorbonne Universités) with chemists and archeologists, which led to the publication of a collection of essays entitled The Colours of the Past in Victorian England(2016).  Following her Marie Curie Fellowship (COPAST) at Trinity College, Oxford (2016-2018), she was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant to explore the 19thcentury ‘chromatic turn’.

Role within Chromotope

Charlotte Ribeyrol is the Principal Investigator of CHROMOTOPE. She is also the lead curator of the exhibition on Victorian colour which will take place at the Ashmolean Museum in 2023.


Selected publications

  • Charlotte Ribeyrol, Matthew Winterbottom & Madeline Hewitson (eds.), Colour Revolution: Victorian Art, Fashion & Design Catalogue, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, 2023.

  • Charlotte Ribeyrol, William Burges’s Great Bookcase & the Victorian Colour Revolution, Yale University Press, 2023.

  • Charlotte Ribeyrol, ‘Reading the Colours of Victorian Interiors: The Poetic Home Revisited‘, Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens, 97 Printemps 2023.

  • Adeline Grand-Clément and Charlotte Ribeyrol, ‘Mille façons de penser l’arc-en-ciel’, La Recherche, Jan-Mar 2022.

  • Adeline Grand-Clément and Charlotte Ribeyrol (eds.), The Smells and Senses of Antiquity in the Modern Imagination, Bloomsbury, 2022.

  • Charlotte Ribeyrol, ‘Religion and Ritual’ in The Cultural History of Colour in the Age of Industry, edited by Alexandra Loske, London, Bloomsbury, 2021, pp.89-109.

  • Charlotte Ribeyrol, ‘Verdeurs: Oscar Wilde, Dorian Gray, And The Colors Of Decadence’, Victorian Literature & Culture, vol.41, winter 2021.

  • Charlotte Ribeyrol, Nineteenth-Century Colour, Word & Image, vol.31, n°1, 2020.

  • Charlotte Ribeyrol, Arcs-en-ciel et couleurs : regards comparatifs (with A. Dubois, A. Grand-Clément, Jean-Baptiste Eczet), CNRS Editions, 2018.

  • Charlotte Ribeyrol, ‘John Singer Sargent and the fin de siècle culture of mauve’ eds. Liz Renes and Emily Moore, Visual Culture in Britain, vol.18, n°3, 2018, 1-22.


  • Charlotte Ribeyrol, ‘“A world of material splendour”: Walter Pater and the paradox of Greek sculptural polychromy’, ed. Philippe Jockey, KERMES 101-102, 2018,89-98.

  • Charlotte Ribeyrol, ‘From Galatea to Tanagra: Victorian translations of the controversial colours of Greek sculpture’. Hellenomania. Eds. K. Harloe, A. Farnoux, and N. Momigliano. Routledge, 2017, 175-190.

  • Charlotte Ribeyrol, The Colours of the Past in Victorian England. Oxford, Peterlang, 2016.

  • Charlotte Ribeyrol, ‘Victorian rainbow makers: variations on colour poetics’, in Unstable states, mutable conditions. Ed. Cornelius Crowley. Angles. N°4, December 2016.

  • Charlotte Ribeyrol, ‘“Gleaming with gold and blue and cinnabar”: William Morris’s colourful revision of the myth of the Golden Fleece’. L’or et l’art. Ed. C. Delyfer. Polysèmes, n°15, 2016.

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

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