Francesca Cauchi, Associate Professor

Associate Professor, Department of English and Journalism

Office: B-G-02
Dr Cauchi is a latter-day ‘scholar-gipsy,’ roaming the far-flung corners of the world in her quest to introduce impressionable young minds to the intensely polemical period of English Romanticism typified by the social realist verse of Blake and Wordsworth, respectively exposing the kindred evils of child labor and the impoverished state of rural dwellers in post-Industrial Revolution England; the revolutionary fervor of Percy Bysshe Shelley; and Byron’s broadsides against social hypocrisy and imperial rapaciousness. Dr Cauchi is also a Nietzsche scholar.



Zarathustra contra Zarathustra: The Tragic Buffoon [Avebury Series in Philosophy] (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1998).


‘Romantic scepticism and the descent into nihilism in T.S. Eliot’s “Burnt Norton,”’ Journal of Language, Literature and Culture 64.1 (2017).

'Hegel and Nietzsche on thought, freedom, and ‘the labour of the negative,’ Journal of European Studies 46.2 (2016), 1-16.

‘“Compunctious visitings”: figures of conscience in Macbeth,’ Philological Quarterly 94.4 (2015), 335-51.

‘Blake and Nietzsche on self-slaughter and the moral law: a reading of Jerusalem,’ Journal of European Studies 45.1 (2015), 1-18.

‘Nietzsche and Kant: self-legislation and the rational will in Zarathustra’s ethics,’ Oxford German Studies 42.3 (2013), 280-95.

‘Rilke’s Orpheus and Nietzsche’s Übermensch: alternative modes of being in becoming,’ Journal of European Studies 43.3 (2013), 209-27.

‘The cash nexus of blood, gold, and iron in William Blake’s The Four Zoas,’ Southern Humanities Review 46.2 (2012), 126-41.

‘On the use of history for life in Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra and Pirandello’s Henry IV,’ Philological Quarterly 90.4 (2011), 445-62.

‘A rereading of Wordsworth’s presence in Shelley’s Alastor,’ Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 50.4 (2010), 759-74.

‘The “cadaverous perfume of Schopenhauer” in Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra,’ Southern Humanities Review 44.3 (2010), 233-50.

‘Nietzsche’s Zarathustra: Promethean pretensions and Romantic dialectics,’ Romanticism 15.3 (2009), 254-64.

‘Mood and metaphysics in Wordsworth and Coleridge,’ European Romantic Review 12.3 (2001), 328-50.

‘Rationalism and Irrationalism: A Nietzschean Perspective,’ History of European Ideas 20.4-6 (1995), 937-43.

‘Figures of funambule: Nietzsche’s Parable of the Ropedancer,’ Nietzsche-Studien 23 (1994), 42-64.

‘Nietzsche and Pessimism: The Metaphysic Hypostatized,’ History of European Ideas 13:3 (1991), 253-67.

Book Reviews

Southern Humanities Review 47.3 (Summer 2013): Eric G. Wilson, My Business is To Create: Blake’s Infinite Writing.

Southern Humanities Review 47.1 (Winter 2013): Denise Gigante, The Keats Brothers.

Southern Humanities Review 45.4 (Fall 2011): Daisy Hay, Young Romantics.

Southern Humanities Review 45.3 (Summer 2011): Laura Quinney, William Blake on Self and Soul.

Southern Humanities Review 44.2 (Spring 2010): Craig Hovey, Nietzsche and Theology.

Philological Quarterly 88.1+2 (Winter/Spring 2009): David Simpson, Wordsworth, Commodification and Social Concern: The Poetics of Modernity.

Philological Quarterly 86.4 (Fall 2007): Peter Simonsen, Wordsworth and Word-Preserving Arts: Typographic Inscription, Ekphrasis and Posterity in the Later Work.

Radical Philosophy 97 (Autumn 1999): Daniel Conway, Nietzsche and the Political; Daniel Conway, Nietzsche's Dangerous Game.

Radical Philosophy 93 (Winter 1998): Richard White, Nietzsche and the Problem of Sovereignty.

Radical Philosophy 85 (Autumn 1997): Stanley Rosen, The Mask of Enlightenment: Nietzsche's Zarathustra.

Radical Philosophy 80 (Autumn 1996): Peter Berkowitz, Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist; Ted Sadler, Nietzsche: Truth and Redemption.

Radical Philosophy 78 (Summer 1996): Sarah Kofman, Nietzsche and Metaphor; Burgard (ed), Nietzsche and the Feminine; Michael Tanner, Nietzsche.

Radical Philosophy 72 (Summer 1995): Laurence Lampert, Nietzsche and Modern Times.

Radical Philosophy 66 (Spring 1994): George J Stack, Nietzsche and Emerson: An Elective Affinity.