Claudia Schmölders

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Claudia Schmölders 1977 in Zürich, Bild von Fritz Senn

Claudia Schmölders, also Claudia Henn-Schmölders (born October 25, 1944 in Heidelberg) is a cultural scholar, author, and translator.

Life[edit]

Schmölders completed a study of music, German studies, and philosophy at the Universities of Cologne, Zürich, Berlin and New York. She attained a Doctorate of Philosophy from the Free University of Berlin in 1973. From 1975 to 1999, she was a freelance publicist, literary editor, and editor for different publishing firms in addition to teaching at the Universities of Cologne, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, and Berlin. She was named a Fellow at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris in 1991 and at the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin in 1991/92. She did her habilitation at Humboldt University of Berlin with work on physiognomy and from 1998 until 2008 she served as a private docent at the Institute of Cultural Science of Humboldt University.

As a cultural scholar, Schmölders is concerned with the histories of physiognomy, book culture, politeness, and conversation in Europe. In addition, she has edited literary anthologies and translated literature and children's books.

Since 2000, Schmölders has been a member of P.E.N.-Zentrum Deutschland. She received the 2004 Heinrich Mann Prize.

Works[edit]

  • Simplizität, Naivetät, Einfalt (Simplicity, Naivety and Simplemindedness), Zürich 1974 (available online)
  • Die Stärke der Stille (The Power of Solitude), Cologne 1984 (together with Marion Yorck von Wartenburg); 5th Edition 1995; engl. Edition 2000.
  • Das Vorurteil im Leibe. Eine Einführung in die Physiognomik (The Prejudice in the Body. An Introduction in the history of Physiognomy), Berlin 1995; 3rd Edition 2007
  • Hitlers Gesicht. Eine physiognomische Biographie, München 2000; Hitler's Face. A Biography of an Image. Transl. Adrian Daub.Philadelphia 2005; polish Ed. in 2009

Editorial work[edit]

  • Jules Verne: Die großen Seefahrer und Entdecker (The Great Seafarer and Discoverer), Zürich 1974
  • Über Balzac (About Balzac), Zürich 1977; 1993; 3rd Enlarged Edition Zürich 2007
  • Über Simenon (About Simenon), Zürich 1978
  • Die Kunst des Gesprächs. Texte zur Geschichte der europäischen Konversationstheorie (The Art of Conversation. Texts about the History of the European Conversation Theory), München 1979; 1986 (available online)
  • Vom Paradies und anderen Gärten (From Paradise and Other Gardens), Cologne 1983
  • Die wilde Frau (The Wild Woman), Cologne 1983; 6th Edition 2009
  • Die Märchen-Arche (The Fairytale Ark), Cologne 1984
  • Deutsche Briefe (German Letters), Frankfurt am Main 1987 et al.
  • Das Märchenbuch (The Fairytale Book), Frankfurt am Main 1987
  • Einladung zum Essen (Invitation to Dinner), Frankfurt am Main 1989 et al.
  • Japan, Insel-Almanach (Japan, Island Almanac), Frankfurt am Main 1989 (together with Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit)
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Mit Goethe durch den Garten (With Goethe through the Garden), Frankfurt am Main 1989
  • Liebes-Erklärungen (Love's Explanations), Berlin 1993
  • Die Erfindung der Liebe. Berühmte Zeugnisse aus drei Jahrtausenden (The Invention of Love. Famous Texts from the 3rd Century BC until 20th Century), München 1996 et al.
  • Der exzentrische Blick. Gepräch über Physiognomik (The Eccentric Look. A Talk about Physiognomy at the Library of Wolfenbüttel), Berlin 1996
  • Deutsche Kinder. 17 Biographische Porträts (German Children. 17 Biographical Portraits), Berlin 1997
  • Gesichter der Weimarer Republik. Eine physiognomische Kulturgeschichte (Faces of the Weimar Republic. A Physiognomical Cultural History), Cologne 2000, together with Sander L. Gilman

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