Dr Sibylle Erle
Reader in English Literature
School of Humanities

Lecturer in English

Sibylle Erle is Reader in English Literature in the School of Humanities at Bishop Grosseteste University. She holds degrees from Philipps-Universität Marburg (1998), the University of East Anglia (1996) and Nottingham Trent University (2004). She was awarded a PhD scholarship (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes), an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship (2003) as well as a Visiting Junior Research Fellowship at the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations at Queen Mary, University of London (2005-15). In 2012, she was invited to join the Royal Society of Arts.


Blake, Reception, Romantic Literature and (Visual) Culture, Panoramas, physiognomy, problems of representation.

Institutional Responsibilities

English Research Seminars (2006-2014)
Research Cluster “Literacy and Literature written for Children and Young Adults”


Sibylle convenes “Author in Focus” (MA), co-teaches “The Dark Side of Literature” (MA) and “Theorising Literature (MA). She also convenes “Romanticism” (Level 6), “Children’s Literature” (Level 5) and “The Gothic: Transgressive to Shock” (Level 4). She welcomes undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations on related topics.

External activities

Advisory Board of Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly (2017- )

Advisory Board of Centre for Reception Studies at the University of Craiova (2017- )

Editorial Board of The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe (2012- )

“Death Conference” (4-6 May 2018)

“The Monster Conference”, BGU (29-30 June 2018)

“Books-Place-Space: Tennyson in the 1860s”, Lincolnshire Archives and BGU (2017), https://tennysonbooksplacespace.wordpress.com/

“Death Conference”, BGU (2017)

“The Reception of William Blake in Europe”, Tate Britain (2014)

“Tennyson, Blake and the Book of Job” (2012),  http://www.lincstothepast.com/exhibitions/tennyson

“Blake and Physiognomy”, Tate Britain (8 November 2010 – 3 April 2011)

“Blake’s Large Colour Prints”, Tate Britain, London (2002)

Consultancy and projects

Sibylle co-curated the display “Blake and Physiognomy” (2010-11) at Tate Britain and is currently working with the Tennyson Archive in Lincoln on an online-exhibition of Tennyson’s copy of Blake’s Illustrations of the Book of Job.



Erle, S. (2016) Tennyson and Blake: Benjamin Jowett’s copy of Blake’s Illustrations of the Book of Job on the Isle of Wight, Tennyson Research Bulletin, Monograph Series, No 16. Lincoln: The Tennyson Society. ISBN 978-0-901958-64-8

Erle, S. (2010) Blake, Lavater and Physiognomy. London: Legenda. 

Co-edited Books / Special Issues

Erle, S. and Paley, M. D. (2018) The Reception of William Blake in Europe (Bloomsbury).

Erle, S. (2012) volume editor of Panoramas, 1787-1900: Texts and Contexts, 5 vols. London: Pickering and Chatto. [General editor Laurie Garrison]

Erle, S. and Garrison, L. (2008) “Science, Technology and the Senses”, Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN).

Book Chapters

Erle, S. and Davies, K. (2018) Early Reception. In Haggarty, S. (ed.) Blake in Context, Literature in Context Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming.

Erle, S. (2018) From Vampire to Apollo: William Blake’s Ghosts of the Flea. In Bruder, H. P. and Connolly, T. (eds.), Beastly Blake (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan), forthcoming.

Erle, S. (2018) The Reception of Blake’s Art in Germany and in Austria: After 1900. In Erle, S. and Paley, M. D. (eds.), The Reception of William Blake in Europe (Bloomsbury), forthcoming.

Erle, S. (2017) “On the very Verge of legitimate Invention”: Charles Bonnet and William Blake’s illustrations to Robert Blair’s The Grave (1808)”. In Davison, C. M. (ed.), The Gothic and Death (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017), pp. 34-47.

Erle, S. (2012) Introducing the Songs with Inspiration: William Blake, Lavater and the Legacy of Felix Hess. In Oergel, M. (ed.) (Re)Writing the Radical. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, Spektrum Literaturwissenschaft/spectrum literature, pp. 250-69.

Erle, S. (2010) The Lost Original: Blake and Lavater’s search for Divine Likeness. In: Nicholls, A. and Görner, R. (eds.) In the Embrace of the Swan: Anglo-German Mythologies in Literature, the Visual Arts and Cultural Theory. Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, pp. 211-30.

Erle, S. (2009) Shadows in the Cave: Refocusing Vision in Blake’s Creation Myth. In: Haggarty, S. and Mee, J. (eds.) Blake and Conflict. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 144-63.

Erle, S. (2007) William Blake’s Lavaterian Women: Eleanor, Rowena, and Ahania. In: Bruder, H. P. (ed.) Women Read William Blake “Opposition is true Friendship”. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 44-52.

Erle, S. (2006) Representing Race: The Meaning of Colour and Line in William Blake’s 1790s Bodies. In: Clark, S. and Suzuki, M. (eds.) The Reception of Blake in the Orient. London and New York: Continuum, pp. 87-103. 

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

Erle, S. Blake, Ludwig Meidner and Expressionism. In Trodd, C. and Whittaker, J. (eds) SPECIAL EDITION OF VISUAL CULTURE IN BRITAIN, William Blake: The Man from the Future, forthcoming.

Erle, S. Understanding the Field of Waterloo: Viewing Waterloo and the Narrative Strategies of the Panorama Programmes. In Toremans, T. (ed.) Special Edition of Interférences Littéraires, The Reception of Waterloo, forthcoming.

Erle, S. (2015) Lord Tennyson’s Copy of Blake’s Illustrations of the Book of Job (1826), Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly, 49: 2 (Fall); http://www.blakequarterly.org.

Capancioni, C. and Erle, S. (2012) “Have you no compassion?”: Danny Boyle’s and Nick Dear’s Re-examination of Monstrosity in Frankenstein, Textus 3. 2012, [Special Issue: “Gothic Frontiers” ed. by Francesca Saggini and Glennis Byron]. [view article]

Erle, S. (2008) Blake, Colour and the Truchsessian Gallery: Modelling the Mind and Liberating the Observer. Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. 52 (November) [view article]

Erle, S. (2006) Leaving Their Mark: Lavater, Fuseli and Blake and Their Imprint on Aphorisms on Man. Comparative Critical Studies. 3 (3). 347-69. [view article]


Tracey Ermin and William Blake in Focus. Exhibition at Tate Liverpool (16 September 2016–3 September 2017), Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly, invited.

Roger Lüdeke, Zur Zeichenkunst von William Blake: Ästhetische Souveränität und politische Imagination (Fink, 2013), Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly, 50:4 (Spring 2017), http://www.blakequarterly.org.

G.E. Bentley Jr., William Blake in the Desolate Market (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014), Letters in Canada, University of Toronto Quarterly, 85:3 (Summer 2016), 404-06.

Colin Trodd, Visions of Blake: William Blake in the Art World 1830-1930 (Liverpool University Press, 2012), Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly, 49:3 (Winter 2015-16), http://www.blakequarterly.org.

Review of exhibition: “New Is There to Learn from Old Familiars? Burning Bright: William Blake and the Art of the Book. John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, 8 February–23 June 2013”, Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly, 48:3 (Winter 2014-15); http://www.blakequarterly.org.

Susan Matthews, Blake, Sexuality and Bourgeois Politeness (2011), Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly, 48:2 (Fall 2014); http://www.blakequarterly.org.

Ian Haywood, Romanticism and Caricature (2013), Studies in Romanticism, 53 (Summer 2014), pp. 268-71.

Paul Youngquist, Monstrosities, Bodies in British Romanticism, BARS: Bulletin & Review, 27 (March 2005), pp. 26-28

David Weir, Brahma in the West: William Blake and the Oriental Renaissance, Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly, 38:4 (2005), pp. 157-59.

Alexander Gourlay (ed.), Prophetic Character, Essays on William Blake in Honor of John E. Grant, BARS: Bulletin & Review, 24 (September 2003), pp. 19-20.

Sheila A. Spector, “Glorious Incomprehensible”: The Development of Blake’s Kabbalistic Language, and “Wonders Divine”: The Development of Blake’s Kabbalistic Myth, Studies in Romanticism, 42 (Winter 2003), pp. 579-82.