Paola Spinozzi is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Ferrara, who researches the theories and methodologies of comparatism between literature and the visual arts, and verbal/visual aesthetics in the Victorian age and in Pre-Raphaelitism. She is the author of Sopra il reale. Osmosi interartistiche nel Preraffaellitismo e nel Simbolismo inglese (Firenze, Alinea, 2005), and articles on W. Morris, D.G. Rossetti, W. Crane, A.S. Byatt, and the supernatural in Shakespeare’s plays. She is currently preparing with E. Bizzotto a critical edition of The Germ (1850). She has also worked extensively on utopian and dystopian literature.