Vanessa Kegel

Research Interests

  • the contribution of formal features of literary texts to their aesthetic appeal
  • Paul Celan's Shakespeare translations


    Academic Education

    2007-2014Studies of Literary Translation, Heinrich-Heine Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany
    2008-2009Lettres Modernes, German and English language and literature studies, Université de Nantes, France

    Professional Experience

    09/2015Researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    11/2014-08/2015 Academic Assistant at the Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany


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


    • 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 ...

    • Syntax and effects of prosody in Kleist’s prose style

      The project is devoted to analyzing distinctive patterns of prosodic grouping and implementing caesuras in Heinrich von Kleist’s narratives. It tests the hypothesis that Kleist’s syntax as well as his use of punctuation promotes his art of ...