Bettine Menke

Senior Fellow from October 2010 - March 2011.
Since 1999, Bettine Menke is Professor of General and Comparative Literature at the University of Erfurt and member of the graduate school Mediale Historiographien. Before joining Erfurt University, she was a lecturer at the University of Konstanz and Europa-Universität Viadrina of Frankfurt/Oder and an guest professor at J.W. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main and Philipps-Universität in Marburg. Bettine Menke studied Philosophy and German at the University of Konstanz. She completed her PhD with a dissertation on »Sprachfiguren. Name - Allegorie - Bild nach Walter Benjamin« (Figures of language. Name-allegory-image in Walter Benjamin) in 1988 and received her habilitation in 1996 with her post-doctoral thesis on »Die Rhetorik der Stimme und die Stummheit des Textes. Geräusche und Rauschen in und nach der Romantik.« In 2006/07, she was a Max-Kade-Visiting Professor at University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB).
Fields of research

Literature and text theory in a cultural science perspective, rhetorics, deconstruction gender studies; poetic and sacral sign systems (stigmata), semiotics of the body; concepts of memory and intertextuality; baroque techniques and romantic figures; rhetoric and poetic of knowledge; writing, image, voice and sound; mytho-poetic figures, prosopopoia; polar voyages.