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Silvia Riccardi

Silvia Riccardi, M.A.


English Department
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Rempartstr. 15
79085 Freiburg


Former position at the English Department: 
Research Associate & Doctoral Candidate at the Chair of English Literature | Fludernik



  • 18th and 19th century literature and visual culture
  • Intermediality
  • Aesthetics
  • Anglo-Italian literary/artistic relations
  • Manuscript studies




PhD in English Literature
University of Freiburg


MA in English and German Studies
University of Pisa

2012 BA in English and German Studies
University of Pisa


Since 2021       

Teaching Fellow
University College Freiburg

Since 2020

Adjunct Lecturer
Department of English and American Studies | RWTH Aachen University


Assistant Professor (Cover)
Chair Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik
English Department | University of Freiburg


Research Assistant
CRC Otium/Leisure. Concepts, Spaces, Figures
Project: Stillgestellte Zeit und Rückzugsräume des Erzählens / Suspended Temporalities and Sanctuaries of Narration (Klinkert/Martin)
Chair Prof. Dr. Thomas Klinkert
Department of Romance Studies | University of Freiburg


CRC Transnational Cultural Dislocations: Communities, Languages, Literature and Criticism
Project: Dante in Inghilterra / Dante in England
English Department | University of Pisa

2014–2016 Teaching Assistant
Chair Prof. Dr. Thomas Klinkert
Department of Romance Studies | University of Freiburg



  • 2021 Summer Term
    Seminar: Word and Image | University College Freiburg
    Tutorial: Practical Introduction to Literary Studies | RWTH Aachen University
  • 2020/21 Winter Term
    Seminar: The Gothic Tradition | RWTH Aachen University
  • 2020 Summer Term
    Seminar: Dark Romanticism | University of Freiburg
  • 2014–2016
    Tutorials: Italian | University of Freiburg




Doctoral Research Abroad: Oxford, Cambridge, London
Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Freiburg i. Br.


Travel Scholarship: The University of Chicago


Travel Scholarship: Brown University


Doctoral Scholarship


Doctoral Scholarship


Postgraduate Traineeship
University of Freiburg (University of Pisa)


Erasmus Traineeship
University of Freiburg (University of Pisa)


Master's Thesis Research Abroad
University of Freiburg (University of Pisa)

2014 Erasmus Study
University of Freiburg (University of Pisa)



  • "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



  • Riccardi, Silvia. "The Body in the Line: 'Trasumanar' in Blake's Dante." Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly, forthcoming 2022.
  • Riccardi, Silvia. Review of The Reception of William Blake in Europe, edited by Sibylle Erle and Morton D. Paley. Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly, vol. 53, no 3, 2020.
  • Riccardi, Silvia. "'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, pp. 73-86.
  • Riccardi, Silvia. "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