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Office: Seton 516
Diane Piccitto



BA (English and Philosophy) Trent
MA (English) Western
PhD (English) Western

Teaching and Research Interests

Romanticism, William Blake, the long nineteenth century, drama and performance, Early Modernism, pop culture, as well as identity, action, gender, and sexuality

Selected Publications


Blake’s Drama: Theatre, Performance, and Identity in the Illuminated Books. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Essay Collections

Co-editor (with Angela Esterhammer and Patrick Vincent), Romanticism, Rousseau, Switzerland: New Prospects. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Journals and Journal Issues

Co-editor (with Patricia Pulham),Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Writing, 1790-1914, Edinburgh University Press. January 2014-present. [three issues per year]

Co-editor (with Angela Esterhammer and Patrick Vincent), “Romantic Prospects,” special issue of European Romantic Review 24.3 (2013).

Co-editor (with Christa Schönfelder, Christian Villiger, and Reto Zöllner), Zeitgenossenschaft/Le Contemporain/Contemporaneity. Variations: Literaturzeitschrift der Universität Zürich 19 (Peter Lang 2011).

Chapters in Books and Articles

“Apocalyptic Visions, Heroism, and Intersections of the Human and ‘the Not Human’ in Blake's Milton.” Beastly Blake. Ed. Helen P. Bruder and Tristanne Connolly. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 111-33.

“Transcendentalism, Romanticism, Transatlanticism.” Handbook of Transatlantic North American Studies. Ed. Julia Straub. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016. 59-78.

“Blake and the European (Pre)History of Melodrama: Beyond the Borders of Time and Stage.” British Romanticism in European Perspective: Into the Eurozone. Ed. Steve Clark and Tristanne Connolly. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 193-209.

Manfred, Freedom, and the Swiss Alps: The Transformation of the Byronic Hero.” Romanticism, Rousseau, Switzerland: New Prospects. Ed. Angela Esterhammer, Diane Piccitto, and Patrick Vincent. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 168-82.

“1793 and the Aftermath of the French Revolution.”BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History. Peer-reviewed online project. Ed. Dino Franco Felluga. Extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. 2012. Web. <>.

“Reclaiming ‘the Grandeur of Inspiration’: Authenticity, Repetition and Parody in William Blake’s Milton.” Paradoxes of Authenticity: Studies on a Critical Concept. Ed. Julia Straub. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2012. 243-62.

“1793.” In Introduction: “Jahrgänge: Versuche über historische Gleichzeitigkeit” [Years: Experiments on Historical Simultaneity]. Zeitgenossenschaft/Le Contemporain/ Contemporaneity. Variations: Literaturzeitschrift der Universität Zürich 19 (Peter Lang 2011): 18-21.


Review of Leo Damrosch's Eternity's Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake. Modern Philology 114.4 (2017): E266-68. 

Review of Mary A. Favret’s War at a Distance: Romanticism and the Making of Modern Wartime. Variations: Literaturzeitschrift der Universität Zürich 19 (Peter Lang 2011): 307-08.

Review of Celestine Woo’s Romantic Actors and Bardolatry: Performing Shakespeare from Garrick to Kean. Variations: Literaturzeitschrift der Universität Zürich 17 (Peter Lang 2009): 251-53.

Review of Translators, Interpreters, Mediators: Women Writers 1700–1900, ed. Gillian E. Dow. Variations: Literaturzeitschrift der Universität Zürich 16 (Peter Lang 2008): 253-55.