When the Wind’s Gently Rustling: Film and Natural Beauty

Abstract: While experiencing natural beauty is a key appeal of the cinema and other moving-image media, academic film scholarship has rarely paid attention to it. In this article I will use the widespread motif of the gently rustling wind as a pars pro toto to make some general remarks about the experience of natural beauty […]

A Plea for Mise en Esprit

In this brief essay for the online journal „In Media Res“ I propose the concept of „mise en esprit“ as a companion term to „mise en scène“ for film studies. Mise en esprit refers to the phenomenon when, provoked by evocative aesthetics, our embodied mind complements mentally what a film affords us suggestively and thereby […]

Des Knaben wunder Zorn. Über das Motiv des Vater-Sohn-Konflikts in Dominik Grafs Der Skorpion (1997)

In: Chris Wahl/Jesko Jockenhövel/Michael Wedel/Marco Abel (Hgs.): Im Angesicht des Fernsehens. Der Autor Dominik Graf. München: Edition Text + Kritik, 2012.  Link zum PDF-Dokument

Towards a Psychological Construct of Being Moved (Ko-Autor, Erst-Autor: Winfried Menninghaus).

Menninghaus, W., Wagner, V., Hanich, J., Wassiliwizky, E., Kuehnast, M. & Jacobsen, T.  In: PLoS ONE. 4. Juni 2015. S. 1-33 Link zum Artikel Abstrakt: The emotional state of being moved, though frequently referred to in both classical rhetoric and current language use, is far from established as a well-defined psychological construct. In a series of […]