Dr. Maria E. Kraxenberger

Research Interests

  • Digital Reading
  • Literary theory
  • Literature of the 21th century
  • Prosodic and Phonological Effects in Literary Texts
  • Quantitative Reader response
  • Quantitative, empirical studies of literature
  • Representations and perception of emotion in literature

 

Vita

Academic Education

05/2017PhD, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2013/2014Visiting student researcher, Stanford University, Stanford LitLab
02/2010Magister Artium, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany
2004-2010Magister program: Comparative Literature (major), German as Foreign Language, Media- and Communication Studies, Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany

Professional Experience

Since 12/2018Project manager „Geteiltes Lesen: Literatur digital lesen und schreiben“ (Shared Reading), Swiss National Fond, University of Basel
10/2016-01/2019Post-Doc at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main; Teaching fellow at Goethe University Frankfurt
10/2014-09/2016PhD-Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics; Teaching fellow University of Innsbruck
2011-2014PhD-Fellow at the Cluster of Excellence "Languages of Emotion”, Freie Universität Berlin; Teaching fellow at Peter Szondi Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

 

 

Publications

Articles (in peer-reviewed journals)

Kraxenberger, M. (accepted) Zum Stil einer digital geprägten Leserealität: Eine Untersuchung der Fifty Shades of Grey-Trilogie mittels Dargestelltem und Darstellung. Orbis Litterarum.

Kraxenberger, M., Menninghaus, W., Roth, A., & Scharinger, M. (2018). Prosody-Based Sound-Emotion Associations in Poetry. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1284. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01284

Kraxenberger, M., & Menninghaus, W. (2017). Affinity for Poetry and Aesthetic Appreciation of Joyful and Sad Poems. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 2051. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.02051

Ullrich, S., Aryani, A., Kraxenberger, M., Jacobs, A. M., & Conrad, M. (2017). On the Relation between the General Affective Meaning and the Basic Sublexical, Lexical, and Inter-lexical Features of Poetic Texts—A Case Study Using 57 Poems of H. M. Enzensberger. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 2073. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.02073

Kraxenberger, M., & Menninghaus, W. (2016). Emotional effects of poetic phonology, word positioning and dominant stress peaks in poetry reading. Scientific Study of Literature, 6(2), 298-313.  doi:10.1075/ssol.6.2.06kra

Kraxenberger, M., & Menninghaus, W. (2016). Mimological Reveries? Disconfirming the Hypothesis of Phono-Emotional Iconicity in Poetry. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1779.  doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01779

Aryani, A., Kraxenberger, M., Ullrich, S., Jacobs, A. M., & Conrad, M. (2016). Measuring the Basic Affective Tone of Poems via Phonological Saliency and Iconicity. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 10(2), 191-204. doi:10.1037/aca0000033

Kraxenberger, M. (2014). Jakobson Revisited: Poetic Distinctiveness, Modes of Operation, and Perception. Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio, 8(1).  doi:10.4396/20140603

Monograph

Kraxenberger, M. (2017). On Sound-Emotion Associations in Poetry. (Doctoral dissertation), Freie Universität Berlin. 

Book Sections

Kraxenberger, M. (in press). Erotic Romances: An Emerging Subgenre Succeeding Fifty Shades. In A. Brock, J. Pflaeging, & P. Schildhauer (Eds.), Genre Emergence. Frankfurt (Main): Peter Lang.

Kraxenberger, M. (2018). Gelesen wie gesprochen: Überlegungen zur Gedichtrezeption als prosodisches (Text-)Gerede im Inneren. In D.-C. Assmann & N. Menzel (Eds.), Textgerede. Interferenzen von Mündlichkeit und Schriftlichkeit in der deutschsprachigen Literatur der Jahrtausendwende (pp. 147-160). Paderborn: Fink.

Kraxenberger, M., & Mennighaus, W. (2018). Mimologische Träumereien? Über ikonische Assoziationen von Klang und Gefühlswahrnehmung in Gedichten. In D. Scherf & A. Bertschi-Kaufmann (Eds.), Ästhetische Rezeptionsprozesse aus didaktischer Perspektive (pp. 72-88). Weinheim, Basel: Beltz Juventa.

Kraxenberger, M. (2017). Empirische Forschungsmethoden für Deutsch als Fremd- und Zweitsprache. Eine Einführung. Stuttgart: UTB 2014. In J. Settinieri, S. Demirkaya, A. Feldmeier, N. Gültekin-Karakoç, & C. Riemer (Eds.), Info DaF, Informationen Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Vol. 44, pp. 408-410). Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.

Kraxenberger, M. (2012). Angst im Anschluss an 9/11 [Fear following 9/11]. In J. Stubenböck & L. Waldhof (Eds.), nine eleven [=Sprachraum 6] (pp. 51-72). Innsbruck: Studia Universitätsverlag.

 

Awards & Grants

2018-2020Project Grant „Geteiltes Lesen: Literatur digital lesen und schreiben”, (Shared Reading), Swiss National Fond (Digital Lives; PI: Prof. Dr. Lauer), University of Basel
2014-2016PhD Scholarship, Max-Planck Society
2013-2014„FU Direkt-Stipendium“: Scholarship as visiting student researcher at Stanford University
2013Fazit Stiftung, travel grant
2012Dahlem Research School, travel grant
2011-2014Interdisciplinary Graduate School Research Scholarship, Cluster of Excellence “Languages of Emotion”, Freie Universität Berlin
2011DAAD Linguistic Assistantship (stipend), University of Hanoi (declined)

 

Projects

  • Iconic relations of sound and emotional meaning in poetry

    Are there affective sounds in poetry that differ between joyful and sad poems? Or, in other words, is there a connection between sound and meaning in poetry – a phenomenon often referred to today by the term "phonological iconicity"? What ...

  • 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, ...

  • Getting to grips with erotic bestsellers

    Novels with explicit depictions of sexual acts and thoughts have been popular for a long time. In recent years, large digital fan communities have evolved that communicate about the reading of erotic bestsellers. This boom gives rise to the ...