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Silvia Riccardi, M.A.

Silvia Riccardi, M.A.

riccardiResearch Associate & Doctoral Candidate
Chair of English Literature | Fludernik

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R 4006 | KG IV



  • Romanticism
  • William Blake
  • Iconography
  • Metaphor Theory
  • Intermedial Studies – literature and visual arts
  • Comparative Literature and Anglo-Italian Studies
  • Cognitive approaches to literature and visual arts




PhD in English Literature – thesis submitted
University of Freiburg


MA in English and German Studies – Summa cum laude
University of Pisa

2012 BA in English and German Studies
University of Pisa


Since 02.2020

Postdoctoral Assistant in the Department of English
University of Freiburg


Research Assistant for the CRC 1015 "Otium. Boundaries, Chronotopes, Practices"
University of Freiburg


Research Assistant for the CRC 1015 "Otium/Leisure. Concepts, Spaces, Figures"
Sub-project C2 "Stillgestellte Zeit und Rückzugsräume des Erzählens"
('Suspended Temporalities and Sanctuaries of Narration,' Thomas Klinkert/Dieter Martin)
University of Freiburg


Researcher for the CRC "Transnational Cultural Dislocations:
Communities, Languages, Literature and Criticism"
Sub-project "Dante in Inghilterra" ('Dante in England')
University of Pisa

06.2014–08.2016 Teaching Assistant in the Department of Romance Studies
University of Freiburg



  • Summer Term 2020
    Dark Romanticism 
    Undergraduate seminar, University of Freiburg
  • 06.2014–08.2016
    Tutorials: Italian
    University of Freiburg




Funding for Research Abroad, UK: London, Oxford, Cambridge
Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Freiburg i. Br.


Doctoral Scholarship (LGFG)


Doctoral Scholarship (DAAD)


Postgraduate Traineeship Scholarship
University of Freiburg


Erasmus Traineeship Scholarship
University of Freiburg


Master's Thesis Research Abroad Scholarship
University of Freiburg

04.2014–09.2014 Erasmus Study Scholarship
University of Freiburg



  • "Depicting the Deviant Across Media: Romanticism and the Human Form"
    RWTH Aachen University (Germany) | 18 June 2019
  • "Henry Fuseli's Oneiric Realms: Iconography and Beyond"
    University of Basel (Switzerland) | 17 October 2018



  • "'What the hand, dare sieze the fire?' William Blake's Media-Transcending Journey"
    William Blake and the Idea of the Artist Conference
    Tate Britain and Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London (UK) | 28–29 November, 2019
  • "Daphne's 'youth renew' and Dido's 'double death:' Myth and Corporeal Distortions in Blake and Fuseli"
    University of Vechta (Germany) | 04–08 September, 2019
  • "From Text to Image and Back Again: Iconographic Transgressions and the Aesthetics of Dark Romanticism"
    NASSR 27
    University of Chicago (USA) | 08–11 August, 2019
  • "Romanticizing the Body in Frankenstein"
    BARS 16
    University of Nottingham (UK) | 25–28 June, 2019
  • "Supernaturalism and the Word-Image Relationship in British Romanticism"
    ESSE 14
    Masaryk University, Brno (Czech Republic) | 28–29 August, 2018
  • "Entwining Patterns: William Blake and the Intermedial Isotopy of Biomorphism"
    NASSR 26
    Brown University, Providence (USA) | 22–25 June, 2018
  • "Experiencing The Nightmare: The Inland Dimension in Henry Fuseli's Oneiric Painting"
    EUCOR 13
    University of Freiburg (Germany) | 6–7 April, 2018
  • "Dante in Romantic England: The Criticism of Samuel Taylor Coleridge"
    EUCOR 11
    University of Strasbourg (France) | 22–23 April, 2016
  • "The Reception of Dante in British Romanticism" / Panel "Forms of Cultural Mobility"
    Journeys Through Changing Landscapes Conference
    University of Pisa (Italy) | 11–13 February, 2016



  • Rev. "Sibylle Erle and Morton D. Paley (eds.): The Reception of William Blake in Europe." Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly, Winter 2020.
  • "'The First Duty of a Poet:' What Dante Meant to Samuel Taylor Coleridge." Journeys Through Changing Landscapes. Edited by Carla Dente and Francesca Fedi. Pisa University Press, 2017. 73–86.
  • "William Blake," "Henry Boyd," "George Gordon Byron," "Byron e Francesca," "Henry Francis Cary," "Geoffrey Chaucer," "Samuel Taylor Coleridge," "John Flaxman," "Cronologia traduzioni e adattamenti da Chaucer ai Romantici," "Ugo Foscolo," "Henry Fuseli," "William Hazlitt," "John Keats," "John Milton," "Joshua Reynolds," "Percy Bysshe Shelley." Dante in Inghilterra. Pisa University Press, 2016.



  • Deutscher Anglistenverband
  • European Society for the Study of English
  • Gesellschaft für Englische Romantik
  • International Association of Word and Image Studies
  • North American Society for the Study of Romanticism



  • Prof. Dr. Jan Alber, English Department, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik, English Department, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Roberta Ferrari, English Department, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Klinkert, Romance Studies Department, University of Zurich, Switzerland