Dr. Christine A. Knoop

Research Interests

  • experimental approaches to reader response
  • the rhythm of prose
  • authorship (theories and their reception in literary studies; authorial self-representation and response management)
  • non-mother tongue and multilingual writing


Academic Education

02/2009Ph.D., University College London
02/2004Magister Artium, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany
2001–2002Licence program: German Studies/Comparative Literature, Université de Paris IV - La Sorbonne
1998–2004Magister program: German and French Literature/Theatre Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany

Professional Experience

Since 2013Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2009–2013 Research Fellow, cluster "Languages of Emotion" of Freie Universität Berlin, and Teaching Fellow, Peter Szondi Institute for Comparative Literature
2004–2009 PhD candidate and Teaching Assistant, Department of French, University College London


Tavano, A., Blohm, S., Knoop, C., Muralikrishnan, R., Scharinger, M., Wagner, V., et al. (2020). Neural harmonics reflect grammaticality. bioRxiv - The Preprint Server for Biology, Preprint. Retrieved from Neural harmonics reflect grammaticality | bioRxiv

Journal Articles

Knoop, C. A., Blohm, S., Kraxenberger, M., & Menninghaus, W. (2021). How perfect are imperfect rhymes? Effects of phonological similarity and verse context on rhyme perception. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 15(3), 560–572.  doi:10.1037/aca0000277

Wagner, V., Scharinger, M., Knoop, C. A., & Menninghaus, W. (2021). Effects of continuous self-reporting on aesthetic evaluation and emotional responses. Poetics, 85, Article 101497. doi:10.1016/j.poetic.2020.101497 

Kraxenberger, M., Knoop, C. A., & Menninghaus, W. (2021). Who reads contemporary erotic novels and why? Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 8, Article 96. doi:10.1057/s41599-021-00764-3 

Menninghaus, W., Wagner, V., Kegel, V., Knoop, C. A., & Schlotz, W. (2019). Beauty, elegance, grace, and sexiness compared. Plos One, 14(6), Article e0218728.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0218728

Menninghaus, W., Wagner, V., Knoop, C. A., & Scharinger, M. (2018). Poetic speech melody: A crucial link between music and language. Plos One, 13(11), Article  e0205980.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0205980

Menninghaus, W., Wagner, V., Wassiliwizky, E., Jacobsen, T., & Knoop, C. A. (2017). The emotional and aesthetic powers of parallelistic diction. Poetics, 63, 47–59.  doi:10.1016/j.poetic.2016.12.001

Knoop, C. A., Wagner, V., Jacobsen, T., & Menninghaus, W. (2016). Mapping the aesthetic space of literature from "below". Poetics, 56, 35–49. doi:10.1016/j.poetic.2016.02.001

Menninghaus, W., Bohrn, I. C., Knoop, C. A., Kotz, S. A., Schlotz, W., & Jacobs, A. M. (2015). Rhetorical features facilitate prosodic processing while handicapping ease of semantic comprehension. Cognition, 143(0), 48–60. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2015.05.026

Knoop, C. A. (2012). „Und fast ein Mädchen wars“: Zur Darstellbarkeit von Inspiration bei Rainer Maria Rilke. The German Quarterly, 85(3), 253–274. doi:10.1111/j.1756-1183.2012.00149.x

Knoop, C. A. (2012). Over the edge of the mental map: On the narrative functions of wilderness in Abbé Prévost’s Manon Lescaut. Romance Studies, 30(1), 36–47. doi:10.1179/174581512X13221535571812

Knoop, C. A. (2006). Fictional communication. Developing Gregory Bateson’s “Theory of Play and Fantasy”. Kybernetes, 36.7-8 [Interdisciplinary Gregory Bateson Memorial Issue], 1113–1121. doi:10.1108/03684920710777900

Book Chapters

Blohm, S., Kraxenberger, M., Knoop, C. A., & Scharinger, M. (2021). Sound Shape and Sound Effects of Literary Texts. In D. Kuiken, & A. M. Jacobs (Eds.), Handbook of Empirical Literary Studies (pp. 7-38). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9783110645958-002

Kraxenberger, M., & Knoop, C. A. (2020). Grundriss der empirischen Literaturwissenschaft- Eine Gebrauchsanweisung In S. Yasuhiro, F. Jäger, & T. Jun (Eds.), Bilder als Denkformen - Bildwissenschaftliche Dialoge zwischen Japan und Deutschland (pp. 215–220). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.  doi:10.1515/9783110582406-018

Knoop, C. A. (2019). Empirische Zugänge zur Erforschung sprachlicher Rhythmen in der Literatur. In P. Nicklas (Ed.), Literatur und Musik im Künstevergleich. Empirische und hermeneutische Methoden (pp. 58–76). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.

Knoop, C. A. (2019). Momentaufnahmen der Begegnung mit Literatur. Annäherung an einen Erlebnisbegriff für die empirische Literaturwissenschaft. In M. Lessau & N. Zügel (Eds.), Rückkehr des Erlebnisses in die Geisteswissenschaften?: Philosophische und literaturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven (pp. 59–76). Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG .  doi:10.5771/9783956505102-59

Knoop, C. A. (2016). Criticism or ressentiment? Literary Ssudies and the politics of interdisciplinarity. In J. Riou & M. Gallagher (Eds.), Re-Thinking Ressentiment. On the Limits of Criticism and the Limits of its Critics (pp. 149–166). Bielefeld: transcript.

Knoop, C. A. (2016). Ausgangspunkte neu erzählen: Der Raum der Herkunft in Jean Genets Journal du Voleur. In M. Benz & K. Dennerlein (Eds.), Literarische Räume der Herkunft. Fallstudien zu einer historischen Narratologie (Vol. 11, pp. 311–335). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.

Knoop, C. A., & Nehrlich, T. (2015). Wunder als minimal kontraintuitive Konzepte. Ein Beitrag zur Klassifikation von Erfahrungswidrigkeit in den Grimm'schen Kinder- und Hausmärchen. In C. Brinker-von der Heyde, H. Ehrhardt, H.-H. Ewers & A. Inder (Eds.), Märchen, Mythen und Moderne. 200 Jahre Kinder- und Hausmärchen der Brüder Grimm, vol 2 (pp. 703–720). Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften.

Lubrich, O., Knoop, C. A., & Jacobs, A. (2014). Jean Genet und die Ästhetisierung des Abweichenden. Ein interdisziplinäres Experiment. In M. N. Lorenz & O. Lubrich (Eds.), Jean Genet und Deutschland (pp. 393–411). Gifkendorf: Merlin.

Knoop, C. A. (2014). Haben Gender und Queer Studies mit Genet ein Problem? In M. N. Lorenz & O. Lubrich (Eds.), Jean Genet und Deutschland (pp. 217–239). Gifkendorf: Merlin.

Peter, N., Knoop, C. A., v. Wedemeyer, C., & Lubrich, O. (2012). Sprachbilder der Krise. Metaphern im medialen und politischen Diskurs. In K. Lämmle, A. Peltzer, & A. Wagenknecht (Eds.), Krise, Cash & Kommunikation - Analysen zur Darstellung der Finanzkrise in den Medien (pp. 49–69). Konstanz: UVK.

Knoop, C. A. (2012). Architecture and Utopia in Scheerbart’s Rakkóx der Billionär. In N. Grigorian, T. Baldwin, & M. Rigaud-Drayton (Eds.), Text & Image Relations in Modern European Culture  (pp. 115–129). Amsterdam: Purdue.

Knoop, C. A. (2011). “Here lies Dwight, here lies his gun. He was bad, now he’s done”. On Justice and Schadenfreude. In A. Burger (Ed.), The Television World of Pushing Daisies: Critical Essays on the Bryan Fuller Series (pp. 92–114). Jefferson: McFarland.

Knoop, C. A. (2011). Dangerous disguise: On the relation between Kitsch and the Arts. In M. Mathias, M. O'Sullivan, & R. Vorstman (Eds.), Display and Disguise (pp. 145–161). Oxford: Peter Lang.

Knoop, C. A. (2011). Is digression a viable concept for Literary Studies? Cross-generic writing and authorial intrusion in Milan Kundera’s L’Immortalité. In R. Atkin (Ed.), Textual Wanderings. The Theory and Practice of Narrative Digression (pp. 112–126). London: Maney.

Edited Book

Lubrich, O. & Knoop, C. A. (Eds.). (2013). Cumaná 1799. Alexander von Humboldt’s Voyage Between Europe and the Americas. Bielefeld: Aisthesis.


Knoop, C. A. (2018). Franz Kafka. Baden-Baden: Tectum-Verlag.

Knoop, C. A. (2011). Kundera and the ambiguity of authorship. London: Maney.

Short Writings

Knoop, C. A. (2017). [German Aesthetics: Fundamental concepts from Baumgarten to Adorno, ed. by J. D. Mininger and Jason Michael Peck]. The Modern Language Review, 112(4), 1022-1024.

Shah, M. & Knoop, C. A. (2014). Emotional exposures. When art met science at the gallery. Essay accompanying the exhibition The Pleasure of Negative Emotions, KNIPSU, Bergen 21.05.-15-06.2014. KNIPSU

Knoop, C. A. (2011). Toward a theory of observers in action. Open peer commentary on the target article “From Objects to Processes: A Proposal to Rewrite Radical Constructivism” by Siegfried J. Schmidt. Constructivist Foundations, 7.1, 10–12.

Knoop, C. A. (2007). Beyond dualism: On S. J. Schmidt’s attempt to rewrite constructivism. Constructivist Foundations, 3(1), 55.

Awards and Grants

2012–2013Postdoctoral research grant of the cluster "Languages of Emotion", Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2004–2007Graduate School Research Scholarship, University College London
2001–2002Mobility grant of the Bayerisch-Französisches Hochschulzentrum  / Centre de Coopération Franco-Bavaroise


  • Elegance

    This project focuses on the cognitive and affective implications of elegance, the range of phenomena that have the potential to be elegant, and the aesthetic and phenomenological qualia of (experiencing) elegance. Moreover, it investigates ...

  • Behavioral, physiological and neural substrates of parallelistic diction

    In a series of studies we investigate the behavioral and physiological effects as well as the neural substrates of the numerous features of parallelistic diction (such as alliteration, meter, anaphora, and many others), as used in poetry, proverbs, ...

  • Prose Rhythm

    Latin rhetoric considered the artistic treatment of linguistic rhythm as a potent rhetorical feature not only of verse, but also of literary, philosophical and oratorical prose. However, it failed to push the analysis of prose rhythm beyond ...

  • Lyrical speech melody

    Since antiquity, poets have been likened to singers. The Romantic understanding of poetry has further reinforced the analogies between music and poetry. Our project investigates the extent to which this analogy can be pushed beyond meter and rhyme to ...

  • Neuronal Processing of Metaphorical Movement

    This study uses EEG to examine the neuronal processing of verbs which reference physical movement in metaphorical and literal contexts. Rhetorical theory suggests that a language rich in imagery supports an especially lively cognitive and affective ...