Remigius Bunia Which Features of Language Allow Fiction to Influence People and Their View on Reality?

Remigius Bunia is Junior Professor of Comparative Literature at Free University, Berlin, where he also acted as Managing Director of the Peter-Szondi-Institute for Comparative Literature. Bunia is the founder of the Research Network Fictionality. In his research, Bunia’s main focus is on the interplay between language and fiction, and how language can invoke certain images that make fiction resonate within the reader.

Area of Research

Literary Theory

Remigius Bunia. "Diegesis and Representation: Beyond the Fictional World, on the Margins of Story and Narrative." Poetics Today 31 (2010): 679-720.  
Remigius Bunia. Romantischer Rationalismus: Zu Wissenschaft, Politik und Religion bei Novalis. Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh, 2013.  
Remigius Bunia. Faltungen: Fiktion, Erzählen, Medien. Berlin: Erich Schmidt, 2007.  
Remigius Bunia. Metrik und Kulturpolitik: Verstheorie bei Opitz, Klopstock und Bürger in der europäischen Tradition. Berlin: Ripperger & Kremers, 2014.  

2009-2015

Junior Professor

Free University of Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin)

Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature

2014

Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor

Indiana University Bloomington

Department of German

2014

Erasmus Visiting Professor

University of Udine (Università di Udine)

Department of German

2013

Visiting Scholar

University of Sao Paulo (Universidade de São Paulo)

Department of German

2012

Visiting Scholar

University of Montreal (Université de Montréal)

Department of European Studies

2011

Visiting Professor

School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)

Arts Department

2007-2009

Assistant Professor

Zeppelin University (Zeppelin Universität)

Department of Cultural Sciences

2007

Research Assistant

Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

Department of German

2007

Assistant to the Dean

University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

2006

Research Assistant

University of Siegen (Universität Siegen)

Department of German

2004

Research Assistant

University of Siegen (Universität Siegen)

Department of German

2006

PhD in Comparative Literature & German Literature

University of Siegen (Universität Siegen)

Thesis "Faltungen. Fiktion, Erzählen, Medien"

2002

Master of Arts in German Literature

University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)

2002

Master in Economics

University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)

Fellowships

Figures of the Third, University of Constance (2007)

National Merit Foundation (1998, 2004)

Cultures of Mendacity, University of Regensburg (2004)

Prizes

Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft/Wissenschaftsrat (2011)

Research Network “Fictionality”, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (2008)

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Max Planck Society

Belgrad, Botswana

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By integrating findings from cognitive linguistics, psychology and neurology into literary studies the research presented in this video examines the different uses and effects of language in literature. To get a grasp on the qualities of language that make the influence of fiction possible REMIGIUS BUNIA distinguishes two modes of language: one mode for communication about specific objects with specific attributes, and another mode of communication that is about triggering experiences.

LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10138

Poetische Sprache und Ästhetogenie: Zum semantischen Gehalt von Äusserungen jenseits ihres 'propositionalen Inhalts'

  • Remigius Bunia
  • Sprache und Literatur
  • Published in 2013

Chicago

Remigius Bunia. "Poetische Sprache und Ästhetogenie: Zum semantischen Gehalt von Äusserungen jenseits ihres 'propositionalen Inhalts'." Sprache und Literatur 44 (2013): 1.

Truth in Fiction

  • Remigius Bunia
  • How to Make Believe: The Fictional Truths of the Representational Arts
  • Published in 2015

Chicago

Remigius Bunia. "Truth in Fiction." In How to Make Believe: The Fictional Truths of the Representational Arts, edited by Alexander Bareis and Lene Nordrum. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015: 113-138.

Poetische Sprache und Ästhetogenie: Zum semantischen Gehalt von Äusserungen jenseits ihres 'propositionalen Inhalts'

  • Remigius Bunia
  • Published in 2013

Chicago

Remigius Bunia. "Poetische Sprache und Ästhetogenie: Zum semantischen Gehalt von Äusserungen jenseits ihres 'propositionalen Inhalts'." (2013).