Friederike E. Ach


Friederike Ach holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature, Classics, Theology, and Modern languages from the Universities of Exeter and Oxford. Her PhD dissertation, provisionally titled "Textually transmitted diseases: Literature, Contagion and Early Modern Circulation," focuses on a number of early modern novellas, novels, and epic narratives that were translated and widely disseminated throughout Europe, and which concern themselves with disease (love melancholy, plague and syphilis). She is currently working on a publication about the translations of Italian and Latin novellas into German by early modern doctors, and on a paper about the physical route of transmission of sin in John Milton’s Paradise Lost

Interests: Renaissance poetics and rhetoric, the novella, Humanism, Translation, Medical Humanities

Languages: English (native), German (native), Latin (reading only), Ancient Greek (reading only), French (fluent), Italian (intermediate), Mandarin Chinese (intermediate), Classical Chinese (beginner) 

Conference papers (selected): 

  • “Sin as Disease: The Infection of Paradise”, paper to be presented at the 13th International Milton Symposium, University of Toronto, July 10th-14th, 2023. 
  • “Circulating Doctors: The Novella as a Remedium Amoris in Sixteenth-Century Translations,” paper to be presented at the MLA Conference, January 5th-8th, 2023. 
  • “Sidney's anti-Machiavellian Poetics,” paper presented at the 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 14th, 2022. 
  • With Sherry Lee (Princeton), “Reworking Aristotle in Sidney’s Defense,” paper presented at the conference on “La Poetica di Aristotele: dalle traduzioni alle poetiche. Le traduzioni della Poetica di Aristotele dal Cinquecento a oggi e lo sviluppo delle poetiche europee,” University of Trento, March 5th, 202. (Conference proceedings forthcoming)


  • ENG 325/COM 371: Milton (Co-taught with Prof. Russ Leo) (SP23) 
  • Assistant instructor for PSY210 Foundations of Psychological Thought (SP22) 
  • Assistant instructor for SLA368/HUM368 Literature and Medicine (FA21) 
  • Assistant instructor for ART361 The Art & Archaeology of Plague (SP21)