Prof. Dr. Winfried Menninghaus

Research Interests

  • Philosophical, empirical (psychological) and evolutionary aesthetics
  • classical rhetoric and poetics (Greek and Latin)
  • literature and poetics from 1750 until present with a particular focus on German Romanticism

Vita

Academic education

1986 Habilitation (Postdoctoral Thesis)
1979 Dr. phil.
1976 M. A. thesis
1971-1979
  
Student of Philosophy, German Language and Literature at the Universities of Marburg and Heidelberg, Germany
1971High School Diploma

Professional Experience

Since April 2013Director of the Department of "Language and Literature" at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
04/2014-04/2017Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
10/2007-07/2010Director of the interdisciplinary research cluster „Languages of Emotions“ at Freie Universität Berlin
Since 2002Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
Since 1989Professor at the Institut für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft of Freie Universität Berlin; 1991-1994, 1996-1999: Head of the Institute
1985-1989Associate Professor at the Institut für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft (Freie Universität Berlin)
1979-1985Editor at Suhrkamp Publishing House, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Visiting positions

Fall 2009Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris)
Fall 2007Fellow at the Rice Humanities Center
Fall 2004Visiting Professor at Princeton University
1994-2001Academic years— Visiting Professorships at Yale University
Spring 1992Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley
Fall 1987Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Declined offers of full senior positions

2004 Yale University (counter-offer to the Princeton offer)
2004Princeton University (offer of an endowed university chair)
1995Yale University
1992University of Bonn

 

 

Publications

Articles (in peer-reviewed journals)

Thissen, B. A. K., Menninghaus, W., & Schlotz, W. (2018). Measuring Optimal Reading Experiences: The Reading Flow Short Scale. Frontiers in Psychology, 9 (2542).  doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02542

Menninghaus, W., Wagner, V., Wassiliwizky, E., Schindler, I., Hanich, J., Jacobsen, T., & Koelsch, S. (in press). What Are Aesthetic Emotions?Psychological Review.

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

Blohm, S., Wagner, V., Schlesewsky, M., & Menninghaus, W. (2018). Sentence judgments and the grammar of poetry: Linking linguistic structure and poetic effect. Poetics, 69, 41-56.  doi:10.1016/j.poetic.2018.04.005

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

Wallot, S., & Menninghaus, W. (2018). Ambiguity effects of rhyme and meter. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition,44 (12), 1947-1954.   doi:10.1037/xlm0000557

Hoshi, H., & Menninghaus, W. (2018). The eye tracks the aesthetic appeal of sentences. Journal of Vision, 18(3), 1-22. doi:10.1167/18.3.19

Menninghaus, W., Wagner, V., Hanich, J., Wassiliwizky, E., Jacobsen, T., & Koelsch, S. (2017). Authors’ Response: Negative emotions in art reception: Refining theoretical assumptions and adding variables to the Distancing-Embracing model. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, 44-51, e380. doi:   doi:10.1017/S0140525X17001947

Menninghaus, W., Wagner, V., Hanich, J., Wassiliwizky, E., Jacobsen, T., & Koelsch, S. (2017). The distancing-embracing model of the enjoyment of negative emotions in art reception. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, e347.  doi:10.1017/S0140525X17000309

Blohm, S., Menninghaus, W., & Schlesewsky, M. (2017). Sentence-level effects of literary genre: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1887.  doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01887

Hosoya, G., Schindler, I., Beermann, U., Wagner, V., Menninghaus, W., Eid, M., & Scherer, K. (2017). Mapping the conceptual domain of aesthetic emotion terms: A pile-sort study. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 11(4), 457-473.  doi:10.1037/aca0000123

Wassiliwizky, E., Koelsch, S., Wagner, V., Jacobsen, T., & Menninghaus, W. (2017). The emotional power of poetry: Neural circuitry, psychophysiology and compositional principles. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12(8), 1229-1240.  doi:10.1093/scan/nsx069

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

Hanich, J., & Mennighaus, W. (2017). Beyond Sadness: The multi-emotional trajectory of melodrama. Cinema Journal: The Journal of The Societey for Cinema & Media Studies 56(4), 76-101.  doi:10.1353/cj.2017.0041

Schindler, I., Hosoya, G., Menninghaus, W., Beermann, U., Wagner, V., Eid, M., & Scherer, K. R. (2017). Measuring aesthetic emotions: A review of the literature and a new assessment tool. Plos One, 12(6), e0178899.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0178899     

Wassiliwizky, E., Jacobsen, T., Heinrich, J., Schneiderbauer, M., & Menninghaus, W. (2017). Tears falling on goosebumps: Co-occurrence of emotional lacrimation and emotional piloerection indicates a psychophysiological climax in emotional arousal. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 41.  doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00041

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

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

Sarkhosh, K., & Menninghaus, W. (2016). Enjoying trash films: Underlying features, viewing stances, and experiential response dimensions. Poetics, 57, 40-54.  doi:10.1016/j.poetic.2016.04.002

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

Obermeier, C., Kotz, S. A., Jessen, S., Raettig, T., von Koppenfels, M., & Menninghaus, W. (2016). Aesthetic appreciation of poetry correlates with ease of processing in event-related potentials. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 16(2), 362-373.  doi:10.3758/s13415-015-0396-x

Wagner, V., Klein, J., Hanich, J., Shah, M., Menninghaus, W., & Jacobsen, T. (2016). Anger framed: A field study on emotion, pleasure, and art. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 10(2), 134-146.  doi:10.1037/aca0000029

Wassiliwizky, E., Wagner, V., Jacobsen, T., & Menninghaus, W. (2015). Art-elicited chills indicate states of being moved. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 9(4), 405-416.  doi:10.1037/aca0000023

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

Menninghaus, W., Wagner, V., Hanich, J., Wassiliwizky, E., Kuehnast, M., & Jacobsen, T. (2015). Towards a psychological construct of Being Moved. Plos One, 10(6), e0128451.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0128451

Koelsch, S., Jacobs, A. M., Menninghaus, W., Liebal, K., Klann-Delius, G., von Scheve, C., & Gebauer, G. (2015). The quartet theory of human emotions: An integrative and neurofunctional model. Physics of Life Reviews, 13, 1-27.  doi:10.1016/j.plrev.2015.03.001

Lehne, M., Engel, P., Rohrmeier, M., Menninghaus, W., Jacobs, A. M., & Koelsch, S. (2015). Reading a suspenseful literary text activates brain areas related to social cognition and predictive inference. Plos One, 10(5), e0124550.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0124550

Kumschick, I. R., Beck, L., Eid, M., Witte, G., Klann-Delius, G., Heuser, I., Steinlein, R., & Menninghaus, W. (2014). Reading and feeling: The effects of a literature-based intervention designed to increase emotional competence in second and third graders. Frontiers in Psychology, 5.  doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01448

Kuehnast, M., Wagner, V., Wassiliwizky, E., Jacobsen, T., & Menninghaus, W. (2014). Being Moved: Linguistic representation and conceptual structure. Frontiers in Psychology, 5.   doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01242        PDF  

Prehn, K., Korn, C. W., Bajbouj, M., Klann-Delius, G., Menninghaus, W., Jacobs, A. M., & Heekeren, H. R. (2014). The neural correlates of emotion alignment in social interaction. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10(3), 435-443.  doi:10.1093/scan/nsu066

Hanich, J., Wagner, V., Shah, M., Jacobsen, T., & Menninghaus, W. (2014). Why we like to watch sad films. The pleasure of being moved in aesthetic experiences. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 8(2), 130–143.  doi:10.1037/a0035690

Wagner, V., Menninghaus, W., Hanich, J., & Jacobsen, T. (2014). Art schema effects on affective experience: The case of disgusting images. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 8(2), 120–129. doi:10.1037/a0036126

Menninghaus, W., Bohrn, I. C., Altmann, U., Lubrich, O., & Jacobs, A. M. (2014). Sounds funny? Humor effects of phonological and prosodic figures of speech. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 8(1), 71–76.  doi:10.1037/a0035309

Seehausen, M., Kazzer, Ph., Bajbouj, M., Heekeren, H. R., Jacobs, A. M., Klann-Delius, G., Menninghaus, W. & Prehn, K. (2014). Talking about social conflict in the MRI scanner: Neural correlates of being empathized with. NeuroImage, 84, 951-961.  doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.09.056

Menninghaus, W. (2013). Nackte Haut, Imagination und Geheimnis: Menschliche Schönheit in evolutionärer Perspektive. In L. Russo & S. Tedesco (Eds.), Sull’Emozione. Aesthetica Preprint Supplements, 29, 67-77.

Menninghaus, W. (2013). Walter Benjamin's variations of imagelessness. Critical Horizons,14, 407-428.  doi:10.1179/1440991713Z.00000000016

Menninghaus, W. (2013). Música y retórica en la teoría di Darwin. Literatura: teoria, historica, critica, 15, 249-280.  bdigital.pdf

Matejka, M., Kazzer, P., Seehausen, M., Bajbouj, M., Klann-Delius, G., Menninghaus, W., Jacobs, A. M., Heekeren, H. R. & Prehn, K. (2013). Talking about emotion: Prosody and skin conductance indicate emotion regulation. Frontiers in Psychology, 4doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00260

Obermeier, C., Menninghaus, W., von Koppenfels, M., Raettig T, Schmidt-Kassow, M., Otterbein, S. & Kotz, S. A. (2013). Aesthetic and emotional effects of meter and rhyme in poetry. Frontiers in Psychology, 4(10), 1-10.  doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00010

Bohrn, I. C., Altmann, U., Lubrich, O., Menninghaus, W., & Jacobs, A. M. (2013). When we like what we know – A parametric fMRI analysis of beauty and familiarity. Brain and Language, 124, 1-8. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2012.10.003

Altmann, U., Bohrn, I. C., Lubrich, O., Menninghaus, W. & Jacobs, A. M. (2012). Fact versus Fiction – How paratextual information shapes our reading processes. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9(1), 22-29. doi:10.1093/scan/nss098

Altmann, U., Bohrn, I. C., Lubrich, O., Menninghaus, W. & Jacobs, A. M. (2012). The power of emotional valence – from cognitive to affective processes in reading. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience,6, 192. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2012.00192

Bohrn, I. C., Altmann, U., Lubrich, O., Menninghaus, W., & Jacobs, A. M. (2012). Old proverbs in new skins – an fMRI study on defamiliarization. Frontiers in Psychology,3, 204.  doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00204

Schindler, I., Zink, V., Windrich, J. & Menninghaus, W. (2012). Admiration and Adoration: Their different ways of showing and shaping who we are. Cognition and Emotion, 26, 1-34.  doi:10.1080/02699931.2012.698253

Menninghaus, W. & Hanich, J. (2012). Im Wechselbad der Gefühle. Die Emotionsvielfalt im filmischen Melodram – eine Mikroanalyse. Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft, 56, 175-201.

Menninghaus, W., Korten, L., Wißmann, F. & Stenger, J. (2011). Metrum, Rhythmus, Melodie. Der Maiabend von Johann Heinrich Voß und Fanny Hensel. Poetica, 43, 81-102.

Menninghaus, W. (2007). Der Preis der Schönheit. Nutzen und Lasten ihrer Verehrung. Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 18 (Supplement to the journal „Das Parlament“, April 2007), 33-38.

Menninghaus, W. (2006). Hölderlin’s Sapphic Mode: Revising the myth of the male pindaric seer. In Primerjalna knjizevnost29, 1-23.

Menninghaus, W. (2000). Le mouvement du rire chez Kant. Dix-huitième siècle,32, 265-277.

Menninghaus, W. (1999). Disgusting impotence and romanticism. European Romantic Review,10 (Special Issue1798 and Its Implications), 202-213.

Menninghaus, W. (1997). Ekel-Tabu und Omnipräsenz des ‚Ekel’ in der ästhetischen Theorie (1740-1790). Poetica,29, 405-431.

Menninghaus, W. (1996). Mitologia do caos no romantismo e na modernidade. Estudos Avançados, 27, 127-138.

Menninghaus, W. (1994). Meridian des Schmerzes. Zum Briefwechsel Paul Celan/ Nelly Sachs. Poetica,26, 169-179.

Menninghaus, W. (1994). La mitologia del caos nel romanticismo e nell’età moderna. Cultura Tedesca, 2, 7-18.

Menninghaus, W. (1994). Kant über ‚Unsinn’, ‚Lachen’ und ‚Laune.’ Deutsche Vierteljahresschrift für Philosophie und Geistesgeschichte, 68, 263-286.

Menninghaus, W. (1991). Walter Benjamins Diskurs der Destruktion. Studi germanici, 29, 293-312.

Menninghaus, W. (1991). Zwischen Überwältigung und Widerstand. Macht und Gewalt in Longins und Kants Theorien des Erhabenen. Poetica, 23, 1-19.

Menninghaus, W. (1991). Dichtung als Tanz – Zu Klopstocks Poetik der Wortbewegung. Comparatio. Revue Internationale de Littérature Comparée,2-3, 129-150.

Menninghaus, W. (1987). Zwischen Bandello und Shakespeare: Pierre Boaistuaus Romeo und Julia-Version. Poetica,19, 3-31.

Menninghaus, W. (1989). Die frühromantische Theorie von Zeichen und Metapher. The German Quarterly, 62, 48-58.

Monographs

Menninghaus, W. (2016). Disgusto. Teoria e storia di una sensazione forte. A Cura di Serena Feloj. (= Italian translation of Ekel. Theorie und Geschichte einer starken Empfindung) Milano: Mimesis.

Menninghaus, W. (2014). A cosa serve l’arte? L’estetica dopo Darwin. Translated by Massimo Salgaro. Vol. 14, La musa Critica. Verona: Fiorini.

Menninghaus, W. (2013). Saber de los umbrales. Buenos Aires: Editorial Biblos.

Menninghaus, W. (2013). Bi no yakusoku (= Japanese translation of Das Versprechen der Schönheit). Tokyo: Gendaishichoshinsha.

Menninghaus, W. (2013). La promessa della bellezza (= Italian translation of Das Versprechen der Schönheit). Palermo: Aesthetica.

Menninghaus, W. (2011). Wozu Kunst? Ästhetik nach Darwin. Berlin: Suhrkamp.

Menninghaus, W. (2010). Hakike. Aru kyoretsu na kankaku no riron to rekishi (= Japanese translation of Ekel. Theorie und Geschichte einer starken Empfindung). Tokyo: Hosei University Press.

Menninghaus, W. (2009). Wstret. teoria i historia (= Polish translation of Ekel. Theorie und Geschichte einer starken Empfindung). Kraków: universitas.

Menninghaus, W. (2008). Kunst als „Beförderung des Lebens“. Perspektiven transzendentaler und evolutionärer Ästhetik. (Themen 89). München: Carl-Friedrich-von-Siemens-Stiftung.

Menninghaus, W. (2005). Hälfte des Lebens. Versuch über Hölderlins Poetik. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Menninghaus, W. (2003). Disgust. Theory and History of a Strong Sensation. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Menninghaus, W. (2003). Das Versprechen der Schönheit. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Menninghaus, W. (2000). Shikiigaku (= Japanese translation of Schwellenkunde). Tokyo: Gendai Shichosha.

Menninghaus, W. (1999). In Praise of Nonsense. Kant and Bluebeard. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Menninghaus, W. (1999). Ekel. Theorie und Geschichte einer starken Empfindung. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Menninghaus, W. (1995). Lob des Unsinns. Über Kant, Tieck und Blaubart. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Menninghaus, W. (1992). Mugen no nijuka (= Japanese translation of Unendliche Verdopplung). Tokyo: Hosei University Press.

Menninghaus, W. (1987). Unendliche Verdopplung. Die frühromantische Grundlegung der Kunsttheorie im Begriff absoluter Selbstreflexion. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Menninghaus, W. (1986). Schwellenkunde. Walter Benjamins Passage des Mythos. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Menninghaus, W. (1982). Artistische Schrift. Studien zur Kompositionskunst Gottfried Kellers. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Menninghaus, W. (1980). Paul Celan – Magie der Form. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Menninghaus, W. (1980). Walter Benjamins Theorie der Sprachmagie. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Further Articles and Book Chapters

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.

Menninghaus, W. (2016). Caprices of fashion in culture and biology: Charles Darwin’s aesthetics of "ornament". In G. Matteucci & S. Marino (Eds.), Philosophical Perspectives on Fashion (pp. 137-150). London, New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

Menninghaus, W. (2016). Gengo to Bungaku no Keikenbigaku. Shi-Sou 1104, 137-154.

Menninghaus, W. (2014). Docta elegantia. In R. Schnell, P. Boden & J. Fetscher (Eds.), Vielfacher Blick. Eberhard Lämmert zum 90. Geburtstag. (pp.85-89). Siegen: Universitätsverlag Siegen.

Menninghaus, W. (2013). La Teoria Darwiniana sulla musica e la retorica (M. Salgaro, Trans.). In L. Bartalesi & G. Consoli (Eds.), Rivista di estetica (Vol. 54, pp. 135-156). Turin: Rosenberg & Sellier.

Menninghaus, W. (2013). Darwin’s Theory of Music, Rhetoric and Poetry. In A. G. Danieli, A. Minelli & T. Pievani (Eds.), Stephen J. Gould: The Scientific Legacy (pp. 169-176). Milano: Springer Milan.

Koelsch, S., Jacobs, A. M., Mennighaus, W., Liebal, K., Klann-Delius, G., von Schweve, C., & Gebauer, G. (2013). Ein neurofunktionales Modell von Emotionen. In E. Schröger & S. Koelsch (Eds.), Enzyklopädie der Psychologie - Affektive und Kognitive Neurowissenschaft (Vol. 5, pp. 307-342). Göttingen, Bern, Toronto, Seattle: Hogrefe Verlag.

Menninghaus, W. (2012). 'Kitsch' als Organon historischer Erfahrung. Walter Benjamins Spurensuche im Feld des 'schlechten Geschmacks'. Neue Rundschau, 123, 17-42.

Menninghaus, W. (2011). Poetika Movere, poetika dvizheniya. O nekotoryh svyazyah estetiĉeskogo udovol’stviya i zhestokogo nasiliya. In C. Wulf & V. Savĉuk (Eds.), Ĉuvstvo, telo, dvizhenie (pp. 41-61). Moskau: Kanon-Plus.

Menninghaus, W. (2011). O modo sáfico de Hölderlin: Revendo o mito do vidente masculino em Pindaro. In B. C. Duarte (Eds.), Lógica poética. Friedrich Hölderlin (pp.139-168). Lisboa: Vendaval.

Menninghaus, W. (2011). Durchschossen von Latenz: menschliche Schönheit in evolutionärer Perspektive. In H. U. Gumbrecht & F. Klinger (Eds.), Latenz. Blinde Passagiere in den Geisteswissenschaften (pp. 80-90). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck.

Menninghaus, W. (2010). Zur Evolution der Künste. In V. Gehardt & J. Nida-Rümelin (Eds.), Evolution in Natur und Kultur (pp.205-222). Berlin/New York: de Gruyter.

Menninghaus, W. (2010). Schlummernde Gefühle von Liebe und Krieg. Charles Darwins Theorie der Musik. Gegenworte. Wissenschaft trifft Kunst, 23, 34-38.

Menninghaus, W. (2010). Vier Vektoren der Schönheit: Sexualität, Technik, Sprache, Kunst. In K. P. Liessmann (Eds.), Vom Zauber des Schönen. Reiz, Begehren und Zerstörung (pp. 17-40). Wien: Zsolnay.

Menninghaus, W. (2010). Biologie nach der Mode. Charles Darwins Ornament-Ästhetik. In E. P. Fischer & K. Wiegandt (Eds.), Evolution und Kultur des Menschen (pp.220-243). Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer.

Menninghaus, W. (2009). On the 'Vital Significance' of Kitsch: Walter Benjamin's Politics of 'Bad Taste'. In A. Benjamin & C. Rice (Eds.), Walter Benjamin and the Architecture of Modernity (pp.39-57). Melbourne: re.press.

Menninghaus, W. (2009) „Ein Gefühl der Beförderung des Lebens“. Kants Reformulierung des Topos lebhafter Vorstellung. In A. Avanessian, W. Menninghaus & J. Völker (Eds.), Vita aesthetica. Szenarien ästhetischer Lebendigkeit (pp. 77-94). Zürich/ Berlin: diaphanes.

Menninghaus, W. (2008) 'Kitsch' como 'organon' de experiencia histórica. Las indagaciones des Walter Benjamin en el campo del 'mal gusto'. In D. Finkelde, E. Webels, T. de la Garza Camino & F. Mancera (Eds.), Topografías de la modernidad. El pensamiento de Walter Benjamin (pp. 33-59). Mexico City: Universidas Nacional Autónoma de México/ Universidad Iberoamericana/ Goethe-Institut Mexiko.

Menninghaus, W. (2007). Raum-Chiffren der frühromantischen Philosophie. In I. Mülder-Bach/ & G. Neumann (Eds.), Räume der Romantik (pp.13-25). Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.

Menninghaus, W. (2007). Hölderlin und Sappho. In E. Futscher, S. Neuner, W. Pichler & R. Ubl (Eds.), Was aus dem Bild fällt. Figuren des Details in Kunst und Literatur (pp.141-164). München: Fink.

Menninghaus, W. (2007). Schönheit – Leben – Tod. Zur Evolution von Aussehenspräferenzen. In C. Gutwald & R. Zons (Eds.), Die Macht der Schönheit (pp.35-48). München: Fink.

Menninghaus, W. (2006). Der Verschollene oder die Trajektorie männlicher Unschuld im Felde ‚widerlicher’ weiblicher Praktiken. In C. Liebrand (Ed.), Franz Kafka. Neue Wege der Forschungg (pp. 209-221). Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.

Menninghaus, W. (2006). Mathematik und Dichtung. Bemerkungen aus Anlaß von Jochen Brünings Circular. In Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Ed.), Debatte 4: Mathematisierung der Natur. Streitgespräch in den Wissenschaftlichen Sitzungen der Versammlungen der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften am 10. Dezember 2004 und am 27. Mai 2005 (pp.117-120). Berlin: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Menninghaus, W. (2006). Hölderlin’s Sapphic Mode: Revising the myth of the male pindaric seer. In E. Sun, E. Peretz & U. Baer (Eds.), The Claims of Literature. A Shoshana Felma Reader (pp. 275-292). New York: Fordham.

Menninghaus, W. (2005). Vom enzyklopädischen Prinzip romantischer Poesie. In W. Wiethölter, F. Berndt & S. Kammer (Eds.), Vom Weltbuch bis zum World Wide Web – Enzyklopädische Literaturen (pp. 149-163). Heidelberg: Winter.

Menninghaus, W. (2005). Kafkas Klartext. In M. Vöhler & B. Seidensticker (Eds.), Mythenkorrekturen. Zu einer paradoxalen Form der Mythenrezeption (pp. 297-316). Berlin: de Gruyter.

Menninghaus, W. (2003). Geist, Sein, Reflexion und Leben: Hölderlins Darstellungstheorie. In T. Roberg (Ed.), Friedrich Hölderlin. Neue Wege der Forschung (pp. 49-66). Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.

Menninghaus, W. (2002). Flamme zwischen Nichts und Etwas – Die Seele in den frühromantischen Fragmenten. In D. Kamper & C. Wulf (Eds.), Logik und Leidenschaft. Erträge Historischer Anthropologie (pp. 306-314). Berlin: Reimer.

Menninghaus, W. (2002). Walter Benjamin’s exposition of the romantic theory of reflection. In B. Hansen & A. Benjamin (Eds.), Walter Benjamin and Romanticism (pp. 19-50). New York/ London: continuum.

Menninghaus, W. (2002). Ekel: Vom negativen Definitionsmodell zum ‚Ding an sich’. In R. Stockhammer (Ed.), Grenzwerte des Ästhetischen (pp. 44-57). Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Menninghaus, W. (2001). Siegel, Name und Zeit. Zu Paul Celans Gedicht Mit Brief und Uhr. In R. Brandt (Ed.), Meisterwerke der Literatur. Von Homer bis Musil (pp. 352-380). Reclam: Leipzig.

Menninghaus, W. (2001). Ekel. In K. Barck (Ed.), Ästhetische Grundbegriffe. Historisches Wörterbuch in sieben Bänden. 2000-2005, vol. 2. (pp. 142-177). Stuttgart: Metzler.

Menninghaus, W. (2001). Mezdu podcineniem i soprotivleniem: Sila i nasilie v teorijach vozvysennogo Longina i Kanta. In C. Sramm & D. Uffelmann (Eds.), Nemeckoe filosofskoe literaturovedenie nasich dnej. Antologija (pp.268-290). Sankt Petersburg: Izdatel’stvo Sankt-Petersburgskogo universiteta.

Menninghaus, W. (2000). „Wir lernen den Ekel um.“ (Nietzsche) – Grundlinien einer historischen Philosophie des modernen Ekels. In ZDF-Nachtstudio (Ed.), Große Gefühle. Bausteine menschlichen Verhaltens (pp. 247-264), Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Menninghaus, W. (2000). Walter Benjamins Diskurs der Destruktion. In H. R. Brittnacher & F. Stoermer (Eds.), Der schöne Schein der Kunst und seine Schatten (pp. 242-254). Bielefeld: Aisthesis.

Menninghaus, W. (2000). ‚Czernowitz/ Bukowina’ als Topos deutsch-jüdischer Geschichte und Literatur. In P. Buhrmann (Ed.), Zur Lyrik Paul Celans (= Text und Kontext. Zeitschrift für germanistische Literaturforschung in Skandinavien, vol. 44) (pp. 9-30). Kopenhagen/ München: Fink.

Menninghaus, W. (1999). Kafkas thanatographisches ‚Genießen’ und Walter Benjamins Roman-Poetik. In W. Menninghaus & K. R. Scherpe (Eds.), Literaturwissenschaft und politische Kultur. Eberhard Lämmert zum 75. Geburtstag (pp. 117-125). Stuttgart/ Weimar: Metzler.

Menninghaus, W. (1999). Hummingbirds, Shells, Picture-Frames: Kant’s ‚Free Beauties’ and the Romantic Arabesque. In M. Helfer (Ed.) Rereading Romanticism(= Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik, vol. 47) (pp. 27-46). Amsterdam/ Atlanta, GA.: Editions Rodopi.

Menninghaus, W. (1999). Czernowitz/ Bukowina’ als Topos deutsch-jüdischer Geschichte und Literatur. Merkur. Deutsche Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken 600 (Special Issue Lyrik. Über Lyrik), 345-357.

Menninghaus, W. (1996). Lärm und Schweigen. Religion, Kunst und das Zeitalter des Computers. Merkur.Deutsche Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken, 567, 469-479.

Menninghaus, W. (1995). Walter Benjamin’s variations of imagelessness. In T. Bahti & M.  S.  Fries (Eds.), Jewish Writers, German Literature. The Uneasy Examples of Nelly Sachs and Walter Benjamin (pp. 155-173). Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.

Menninghaus, W. (1994). L’an-expressif: Les métamorphoses de l’absence d’image chez Walter Benjamin. In I. Scheuermann & K. Scheuermann (Eds.), Pour Walter Benjamin. Documents, essais et un projet (pp. 174-187). Bonn: AsKI.

Menninghaus, W. (1994). Darstellung. Zur Emergenz eines neuen Paradigmas bei Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock. In C. H. Nibbrig (Ed.), Was heißt Darstellen? (pp. 205-226). Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Menninghaus, W. (1994). Normalisierung des Chaos und Chaotisierung des Normalen. Wirtschaft & Wissenschaft, 2, 16-19.

Menninghaus, W. (1993). Walter Benjamin’s variations of imagelessness. In I. Scheuermann & K. Scheuermann (Eds.), For Walter Benjamin. Documentation. Essays and a Sketch (pp. 166-179). Bonn: AsKI.

Menninghaus, W. (1992). Das Ausdruckslose: Walter Benjamins Kritik des Schönen durch das Erhabene. In U. Steiner (Ed.), Walter Benjamin 1892–1940 (pp.33-76). Bern: Peter Lang Verlag.

Menninghaus, W. (1992). Lo inexpresivo: las variaciones de la ausencia de imagen en Walter Benjamin. In I. Scheuermann & K. Scheuermann (Eds.), Para Walter Benjamin. Documentos, Ensayos y un Projecto (pp. 174-187). Bonn: Inter Nationes. (Reprinted 1993 in G. Massuh & S. Fehrmann (Eds.), Sobre Walter Benjamin. Vanguardias, historia, estética y literatura. Una visión latinoamericana (pp. 37-56). Buenos Aires: Alianza Editorial/ Goethe-Institut.)

Menninghaus, W. (1991). Siegel, Name und Zeit. Zu Paul Celans Gedicht Mit Brief und Uhr. In H. Speier (Ed.), Celan-Jahrbuch 4 (pp. 7-26). Heidelberg: Carl Winter Universitätsverlag.

Menninghaus, W. (1990). Geschichte und Eigensinn. Zu Hermeneutik-Kritik und Poetik Alexander Kluges. In H. Eggert, U. Profitlich & K. R. Scherpe (Eds.), Geschichte als Literatur. Formen und Grenzen der Repräsentation von Vergangenheit (pp.258-272). Stuttgart: Metzler.

Menninghaus, W. (1989). Klopstocks Poetik der schnellen ‚Bewegung’. In W. Menninghaus (Ed.), F. G. Klopstock: Gedanken über die Natur der Poesie (pp. 259-361). Frankfurt am Main: Insel.

Menninghaus, W. (1988). Walter Benjamin’s theory of myth. In G. Smith (Ed.), On Walter Benjamin: Critical Essays and Recollections (pp. 292-325). Cambridge/ Massachusetts: M.I.T. Press.

Menninghaus, W. (1988). „Flamme zwischen Nichts und Etwas“ – Die Seele in den frühromantischen Fragmenten. In D. Kamper & C. Wulf (Eds.), Die erloschene Seele. Disziplin, Geschichte, Kunst, Mythos (Reihe Historische Anthropologie, vol. 1) (pp. 289-299). Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag.

Menninghaus, W. (1988). Zum Problem des Zitats bei Celan und in der Celan-Philologie. In W. Hamacher & W. Menninghaus (Eds.), Paul Celan (pp. 170-190). Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1988.

Menninghaus, W. (1987). Wissen oder Nicht-Wissen. Überlegungen zum Problem des Zitats bei Celan und in der Celan-Philologie. In C. Shoham & B. Witte (Eds.), Datum und Zitat bei Paul Celan. Frankfurt am Main/Bern/Las Vegas: Peter Lang Verlag.

Menninghaus, W. (1986). Science des seuils. La théorie du mythe chez Walter Benjamin. In H. Wismann (Ed.), Walter Benjamin et Paris (pp. 529-557). Paris: Cerf.

Menninghaus, W. (1983). Kant, Hegel und Marx in Lukács’ Theorie der Verdinglichung. Destruktion eines neomarxistischen ‚Klassikers’. In N. W. Bolz & W. Hübener (Eds.), Spiegel und Gleichnis. Festschrift für Jacob Taubes (pp. 318-330). Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.

Menninghaus, W. (1981). Henrik Pontoppidans Lykke-Per. (Nachwort) In Henrik Pontoppidan:Hans im Glück (pp. 817-874). Frankfurt am Main: Insel.

Menninghaus, W. (1980). Walter Benjamins romantische Idee des Kunstwerks und seiner Kritik. Poetica12, 421-442.

Menninghaus, W. (1979). Überlegungen zur historischen Morphologie einiger trivialer Literaturphänomene. Kaspar. Zeitschrift über den Umgang mit Literatur, 2, 20-32.

Menninghaus, W. (1978). Anti Christ. Paul Celans zitierende Revision christlicher Kirchenlieder. Kaspar. Zeitschrift über den Umgang mit Literatur,1, 13-23.

Edited Books

Menninghaus, W., Avanessian, A. & Völker, J. (Eds.). (2009). Vita aesthetica. Szenarien ästhetischer Lebendigkeit. Zürich/ Berlin: diaphanes.

Menninghaus, W., Janssen, S. & Windrich, J. (Eds.). (2009) Einar Schleef: Tagebuch 1981-1998. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Menninghaus, W., Janssen, S. & Windrich, J. (Eds.). (2007). Einar Schleef: Tagebuch 1977-1980. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Menninghaus, W., Janssen, S. & Windrich, J. (Eds.). (2006). Einar Schleef: Tagebuch 1964-1976. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Menninghaus, W., Janssen, S. & Windrich, J. (Eds.). (2004). Einar Schleef: Tagebuch 1953-1963. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Menninghaus, W. & Scherpe, K. R. (Eds.). (1999). Literaturwissenschaft und politische Kultur. Eberhard Lämmert zum 75. Geburtstag. Stuttgart/ Weimar: Metzler.

Menninghaus, W. (Ed.). (1998). Angelus Novus: Perspectives on Walter Benjamin. (Special Issue  Critical Inquiry  25, 2). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Menninghaus, W., Assmann, A., Assmann, J. & Hartwich, W. (Eds.). (1996). Jacob Taubes:Vom Kult zur Kultur. Bausteine zu einer Kritik der historischen Vernunft. München: Fink.

Menninghaus, W. (Ed.). (1989). Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock:Gedanken über die Natur der Poesie. Dichtungstheoretische Schriften. Frankfurt am Main: Insel.

Menninghaus, W. & Hamacher, W. (Eds.). (1988). Paul Celan. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Menninghaus, W. (Ed.). (1983). Friedrich Schlegel:Theorie der Weiblichkeit. Frankfurt am Main: Insel.

Menninghaus, W. (Ed.). (1981). Henrik Pontoppidan:Hans im Glück. Frankfurt am Main: Insel 

Awards and Grants

2012"Premio Internazionale di Estetica" (awarded by the Società italiana di Estetica)
2002Elected as full active member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW)

Projects

  • 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 ...

  • Defining "aesthetic emotions"

    The projects is devoted to reviewing the philosophical and psychological research on "aesthetic emotions". Its objective is to cover the topic in a major theoretical review paper and to develop a multi-dimensional model of "aesthetic ...

  • Developing an "Aesthetic Emotions Scale" (AESTHEMOS)

    A theoretical construct of "Aesthetic Emotions" is useful for empirical research only to the extent that methods for measuring actually felt aesthetic emotions are developed. The project undertakes this effort: it develops highly nuanced ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • Poetic Licenses

    This project investigates the processing effects of linguistic deviations in poetry and, specifically, their contribution to aesthetic evaluation. Formal and semantic/conceptual detours from normal language use seem to typify poetry to such an extent ...

  • 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 ...

  • Does reading of poetic and literary language recruit/involve distinct eye movement patterns?

    This research project investigates the processing of aesthetically relevant features of language during reading of poetry and literary narratives. The aim of the project is to use analyses of eye movement records to investigate the cognitive, ...

  • Horripilation

    Several studies have shown that emotional goosebumps are tightly related to episodes of being moved/touched. But what about other emotions? A wide-spread language use associates emotional goosebumps with experiencing horror (horripilation); however, ...

  • Shivers down the spine in poetry and music

    The wise reader reads the book of genius not with his heart, not so much with his brain, but with his spine.

  • 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 ...