Silvia Riccardi

M. A.

Adjunct Lecturer


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


Research Interests

18th and 19th century literature and visual culture | intermediality | aesthetics | anglo-Italian literary/artistic relations | manuscript studies


2020 PhD in English Literature, University of Freiburg
2015 MA in English and German Studies, University of Pisa
2012 BA in English and German Studies, University of Pisa

Academic Positions

Since 2021

Teaching Fellow

University College Freiburg

Since 2020

Adjunct Lecturer

Department of English and American Studies | RWTH Aachen University


Assistant Professor (Cover)

English Department | University of Freiburg

Chair Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik


Research Assistant

CRC Otium/Leisure. Concepts, Spaces, Figures, project Stillgestellte Zeit und Rückzugsräume des Erzählens / Suspended Temporalities and Sanctuaries of Narration (Klinkert/Martin)

Department of Romance Studies | University of Freiburg

Chair Prof. Dr. Thomas Klinkert



CRC Transnational Cultural Dislocations: Communities, Languages, Literature and Criticism, project Dante in Inghilterra / Dante in England

English Department | University of Pisa


Teaching Assistant

Department of Romance Studies | University of Freiburg

Chair Prof. Dr. Thomas Klinkert


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

Tutorials: Italian | University of Freiburg


2019: Doctoral Research Abroad: Oxford, Cambridge, London (Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Freiburg i. Br.)
2019: Travel Scholarship: The University of Chicago (IGA)
2018: Travel Scholarship: Brown University (DAAD)
2016-2019: Doctoral Scholarship (LGFG)
2016: Doctoral Scholarship (DAAD)
2015: Postgraduate Traineeship: University of Freiburg (University of Pisa)
2015: Erasmus Traineeship: University of Freiburg (University of Pisa)
2014-2015: Master’s Thesis Research Abroad: University of Freiburg (University of Pisa)
2014: Erasmus Study: University of Freiburg (University of Pisa)

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.


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.

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.

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 . Ed. Paolo Bugliani and Silvia Riccardi. 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