Mrs Colette Ramuz

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My current research concerns the semiotics and erotics of the Dickensian mouth and the encoding of desire and sexual agency. This research engages with Dickens's idiosyncratic style, metaphors of incorporation, and concepts of embodiment and perception to 'recover' his poetics of desire. 

My research interests include:

  • Bodily economics in nineteenth-century literature
  • Excess, obsession, and extravagance (bodily and economic) in nineteenth-century literature
  • The cultural spaces of fetishism – the marketplace, the home, the bedroom
  • The body in nineteenth-century culture
  • Representations of violence in the nineteenth century
  • The terrorist in nineteenth-century literature
  • Poetics 


Visiting Tutor and lecturer in the English Department and currently applying for TALENT 2 (Fellow) status. I have taught the following courses:

EN5837: (MA course) The Nineteenth-Nentury Novel

EN3515: Special Author: Dickens

EN2221: Frankenstein: Texts and Contexts

EN2309: Literature of the Fin de Siècle

EN1011: Thinking Like a Critic


I have also examined coursework on the following Master's Courses:

EN5837: The Nineteenth-Century Novel

EN5831: Victorian London


Previous to my postgraduate research, I spent seven years in secondary English teaching from 2008-2016 (2014-15 studied full-time for a Master's) and held the following positions:


  • Deputy Head of a specialist independent school
  • Assistant Head of an Inner-City Academy
  • Head of House of an Inner-City Academy
  • Head of English at a large comprehensive
  • Head of Teaching and Learning at a large comprehensive
  • AST (Advanced Skills Teacher and Lead Practitioner)
  • AQA Examiner for A Level English


Other Roles:

I was the post-graduate 2nd-year student representative on the RHUL staff-student committee.


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