Lecture with Winfried Menninghaus on emotions and art
September 5th, Winfried Menninghaus speaks on “The Enjoyment of Negative Emotions in Art-Reception”
Ever since Aristotle’s theory of tragedy, it is a key of poetics and aesthetics to explain why and how we can experience negative emotions in conjunction with feelings of pleasure. The lecture presents a new explanatory model for this issue, along with a series of empirical studies that informed this model.
Winfried Menninghaus is director of the Department of Language and Literature at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics (Frankfurt am Main).
Find out more about his empirical studies on literature, feelings and aesthetic experience here (external link).