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Nicolosi, Riccardo

Prof. Dr. Riccardo Nicolosi

Principal Investigator


— Professor of Slavic Literatures (LMU Munich)


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Fakultät für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften
Department II - Slavische Philologie
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 München

Room: E 308
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 2844
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 6263

Website: Webprofile (LMU Munich)

Main Research Areas

  • Russian Literature and Culture (18.-21. Jh.)
  • Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian Literatures and Cultures (20.-21. Jh.)
  • Counterfactual narration in the fiction
  • Literature and Science (Narratives between science and literature, experiment and literature)
  • Rhetoric (Barockrhetorik, Epideixis, Wissenschaftsrhetorik)
  • Semiotics of the urban space (St. Petersburg/Leningrad, Sarajevo, siege literature)
  • Totalitarian aesthetics in the 20th and 21st century (Culture of the Stalin era, post-Sovjet Turkmenistan)
  • Literature and cultural identity (Nation-building processes in Bosnien-Herzegowina)
  • Culture of the Kunst- und Wunderkammer

Curriculum Vitae

Riccardo Nicolosi has been Professor for Slavic Literatures at the LMU Munich since 2014. His research focuses on the literatures and cultures of Russia and South Eastern Europe (Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia) from the18th to the 21st century, concentrating on Baroque, Classicism, Naturalism, Stalinism, and Postmodernism.

His last publications explore the rhetorical and narrative interfaces between literature and science, with a specific focus on psychiatry, evolutionary biology, criminology, and thought experiments in various disciplines. He has also published on the semiotics of urban space (St. Petersburg/Leningrad, Sarajevo), construction of national identities (Bosnia, Turkmenistan), as well as Stalinist aesthetics.

Nicolosi was born in Rome. After graduating from the University of La Sapienza with an Honours degree, he moved to Germany where he studied Slavic Literatures at the University of Hamburg, receiving a PhD in 2001. He also holds a Habilitation from the University of Konstanz. He has previously taught at the Universities of Konstanz, Bonn, and Bochum. He has been a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and several Russian institutions. At LMU Munich, he is a Principal Investigator at the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, the Research Training Group "Globalization and Literature" as well as at the International Doctoral Program "Mimesis". He is also project leader in the Research Unit "What If?".

Riccardo Nicolosi is the author of "Die Petersburg-Panegyrik. Russische Stadtliteratur im 18. Jahrhundert" (2002; Russian Translation: Peterburgskii panegirik XVIII veka, 2009) and "Degeneration erzählen. Literatur und Wissenschaft im Russland der 1880er und 1890er Jahre" (forthcoming 2017). He has co-edited the collections "Russkaia literatura i medicina. Telo, predpisaniia, social’naia praktika" (2006), "Rhetorik als kulturelle Praxis" (2008), "Dzhambul Dzhabaev. Prikliuchenija kazakhskogo akyna v sovetskoi strane" (2013), "Ethos und Pathos: Mediale Wirkungsästhetik im 20. Jahrhundert in Ost und West" (2016). He has been a guest editor for the Russian journal "Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie" ("Tomas Mal'tus i russkaia kul'tura XIX-XX vekov: Myslennyi eksperiment mezhdu naukoi i literaturoi" in 2015, and "Blokadnye povestvovaniia" in 2016). Currently, he is working on a book called "Modeling Counterfactual History in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia".

Positions, Assignments and Membership

  • Principal Investigator of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies
  • Member of the Faculty Board of the Faculty for Linguistics and Literature Studies of the LMU München
  • Managing Professor of the Institute of Slavic Philology of the LMU München