Silvia Riccardi

M. A.



Englisches Seminar
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Rempartstr. 15
79085 Freiburg


Research Interests

Intermedial Studies – literature and visual arts
William Blake
Metaphor studies
Enactivist and cognitive approaches to literature and visual arts
Comparative literature and Anglo-Italian studies


Since 2015 PhD Candidate in English Literature, University of Freiburg
2015 MA in English and German Studies, University of Pisa (‘summa cum laude’)
2012 BA in English and German Studies, University of Pisa

Research Projects

Since 12.2019 Research Assistant for the CRC 1015 “Otium. Boundaries, Chronotopes, Practices,” University of Freiburg

08.2015–12.2016 Research Assistant for the CRC 1015 “Otium/Leisure. Concepts, Spaces, Figures,” sub-project C2 “Suspended Temporalities and Sanctuaries of Narration,” University of Freiburg

01.2016–03.2016 Researcher for the CRC “Transnational Cultural Dislocations: Communities, Languages, Literature and Criticism,” sub-project “Dante in England,” University of Pisa

Teaching Experience

06.2014–08.2016 Teaching Assistant of Italian at University of Freiburg

Guest Lectures

“Depicting the Deviant Across Media: Romanticism and the Human Form.” RWTH Aachen University (Germany), 18.06.2019.

“Henry Fuseli’s Oneiric Realms: Iconography and Beyond.” University of Basel (Switzerland), 17.10.2018.


  • “‘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), 28–29.11.2019.
  • “Daphne’s ‘youth renew’ and Dido’s ‘double death:’ Myth and Corporeal Distortions in Blake and Fuseli.” IABS-GER. University of Vechta (Germany), 04–08.09.2019.
  • “From Text to Image and Back Again: Iconographic Transgressions and the Aesthetics of Dark Romanticism.” NASSR 27. University of Chicago (USA), 08–11.08.2019.
  • “Romanticizing the Body in Frankenstein.” BARS 16. University of Nottingham (UK), 25–28.06.2019.
  • “Supernaturalism and the Word-Image Relationship in British Romanticism.” ESSE 14. Masaryk University, Brno (Czech Republic), 28–29.08.2018.
  • “Entwining Patterns: William Blake and the Intermedial Isotopy of Biomorphism.” NASSR 26. Brown University, Providence (USA), 22–25.06.2018.
  • “Experiencing The Nightmare: The Inland Dimension in Henry Fuseli’s Oneiric Painting.” EUCOR 13. University of Freiburg (Germany), 6–7.04.2018.
  • “Dante in Romantic England: The Criticism of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.” EUCOR 11. University of Strasbourg (France), 22–23.04.2016.
  • “The Reception of Dante in British Romanticism.” Panel “Forms of Cultural Mobility.” Journeys Through Changing Landscapes Conference, University of Pisa (Italy), 11–13.02.2016.


Rev. “Sibylle Erle and Morton D. Paley (eds.):The Reception of William Blake in Europe.” Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly, in print .

“‘The First Duty of a Poet:’ What Dante Meant to Samuel Taylor Coleridge.” Journeys Through Changing Landscapes. Ed. C. Dente and F. 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 . Ed. Paolo Bugliani and Silvia Riccardi. Pisa University Press, 2016.


02.2019–03.2019 Funding for Research Abroad, UK: London, Oxford, Cambridge (Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Freiburg i. Br.)
10.2016–09.2019 Doctoral Scholarship (LGFG)
01.2016–04.2016 Doctoral Scholarship (DAAD)
10.2015–12.2015 Postgraduate Traineeship Scholarship, University of Freiburg
04.2015–08.2015 Erasmus Traineeship Scholarship, University of Freiburg
10.2014–02.2015 Master’s Thesis Research Abroad Scholarship, University of Freiburg
04.2014–09.2014 Erasmus Study Scholarship, University of Freiburg


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