Wiss. Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für Neuere deutsche Literaturgeschichte/ELINAS


Department Germanistik und Komparatistik
Bismarckstr. 8 - Raum 3.104
91054 Erlangen

Telefon 09131-85 -
Email: michael.sinding@fau.de

I. Vita

1998-2003 Ph. D. English, McMaster University (Canada). Thesis: The Mind’s Kinds: Cognitive Rhetoric, Literary Genre, and Menippean Satire. Supervisor: Dr. Joseph Adamson
1998-2002 Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) Doctoral Fellowship (2001 2002), Ontario Graduate Scholarship (1998-2001)


Lecturer, McMaster University and Wilfrid Laurier University
2003-2005 SSHRCC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Case Western Reserve U (USA). Supervisor: Dr. Mark Turner
2007-2009 Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, Giessen U (Germany). Supervisor: Dr. Ansgar Nünning


Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Supervisor: Dr. Gerard Steen
2014 Humboldt Foundation Renewed Research Visit, U Osnabrück. Host: Dr. Alexander Bergs
2015-2016 Fellow, Erlangen Center for Literature and Natural Science. Hosts: Dr. Aura Heydenreich, Dr. Klaus Mecke

II. Forschungsschwerpunkte

  • English and North American Literature and Culture, 18th/ 20th centuries
  • Cognitive Poetics
  • Theories of Genre, Narrative and Metaphor
  • Discourse and Framing
  • Culture, Worldview and Ideology
  • laufendes Foschungsprojekt : Genre Dynamics and Functions: Blending, Framing and Worldview (Infos unter: http://elinas.fau.de/projects/msinding.html)

III. weitere Aktivitäten (Auswahl)

  • 2007-2011 Executive Committee, Modern Language Association (MLA) Discussion Group, “Cognitive Approaches to Literature”: Member, 2007-11; Committee Chair, 2010-11; Chair, “Cognitive Approaches to Genre” MLA Session, 2007; Organizer, “Cognition, Culture, and History” MLA Session, 2011; Lead author, petition to upgrade Discussion Group to Division, 2011
  • Invited Peer Reviewer, University of Ottawa Press (2014-), Mosaic (2011-), College Literature(2007-)
  • Co-convenor (with Mike Hanne), “Metaphor and Narrative in Education,” panel, ISSN International Conference on Narrative
  • Co-organiser and moderator, ELINAS-Workshop, “Science, Narrative, and Stanisław Lem's Fiasco,” with Bruce Clarke and Dirk Vanderbeke. Sternwarte Observatory, Bamberg, June 2015
  • Editor, Physics & Literature, ELINAS-Series, De Gruyter, 2015

IV. Publikationen


Body of Vision: Northrop Frye and the Poetics of Mind. Frye Studies. University of Toronto Press, 2014.


“Reframing Narrative Genres.” Poetics Today (Special issue on Situated Cognition and the Study of Culture, ed. Ellen Spolsky, Ben Morgan and Sowon Park). In preparation.

“From World to Worldview: An Energy Principle of Psychosocial Dynamics.” The Cognitive Humanities: Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture. Ed. Peter Garratt. Palgrave. Accepted.

“A Triple-Frame Model of Genre: Framing for Discourse Sequencing.” Genre in Discourse and Cognition. Ed. Ninke Stukker, Gerard Steen and Wilbert Spooren. Applications of Cognitive Linguistics. De Gruyter. Accepted.

“Social Minds and Metaphor in Rousseau.” Narrative (Special issue on Social Minds in Factual and Fictional Narration, ed. Max Alders and Eva von Contzen, May 2015): 183-199.

“Rousseau's Shaping Spirit: Literary Cosmology, Cognition and Culture.” Northrop Frye 100: A Danubian Perspective. Ed. Sára Tóth, Péter Pásztor and Tibor Fabiny. Budapest: L'Harmattan, 2014. 90-101.

“Governing Spirits: Body Politic Metaphor Scenarios and Schemas in the French Revolution Debate.” Warring With Words. Ed. Mike Hanne, William D. Crano and Jeffery S. Mio. New York: Routledge-Psychology Press, 2014. 78-102.

“Toward a Cognitive Sociology of Genres.” Cognition, Literature and History. Ed. Mark Bruhn and Donald Wehrs. Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature. New York: Routledge, 2014. 39-58.

“Blending in a baciyelmo: Don Quixote’s Genre Blending and the Invention of the Novel.” Blending and the Study of Narrative. Ed. Ralf Schneider and Marcus Hartner. Narratologia. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2012. 147-71.

“'A Sermon in the Midst of a Smutty Tale': Blending in Genres of Speech, Writing and Literature.” Cognitive Literary Studies. Ed. Isabel Jaén and Julien Simon. Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture. Austin: U Texas P, 2012: 145-61.

“Storyworld Metaphors in Swift’s Satire.” Beyond Cognitive Metaphor Theory: Perspectives on Literary Metaphor. Ed. Monika Fludernik. Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Stylistics. New York: Routledge, 2011. 239-57.

“Framing Monsters: Multiple and Mixed Genres, Cognitive Category Theory, and Gravity’s Rainbow.” Poetics Today 31.3 (Fall 2010): 465-505.

“From Fact to Fiction: The Question of Genre in Autobiography and Early First-Person Novels.” SubStance #122 (39.2) (2010): 107-30.

“Reframing Frye: Bridging Culture and Cognition.” Northrop Frye: New Directions from Old. Ed. David Rampton. Reappraisals: Canadian Writers. U Ottawa Press, 2009. 297-318.

“Lapsed Latin: Etymology, Image Schemas, and Multilingual Wordplay in Stevens’ ‘Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction.’” The Wallace Stevens Journal 32.1 (Spring 2008): 108-26.

Genera Mixta: Conceptual Blending and Mixed Genres in Joyce’s Ulysses.” New Literary History 36.4 (Autumn 2005): 589-619.

“Beyond Essence (or, Getting Over ‘There’): Cognitive and Dialectical Theories of Genre.” Semiotica 149--1/4 (2004): 377-95.

“After Definitions: Genre, Categories and Cognitive Science.” Genre 35.2 (2002): 181-220.

“Assembling Spaces: The Conceptual Structure of Allegory.” Style 36.3 (Special Issue on Cognitive Approaches to Figurative Language, Fall 2002): 503-23.

Reviews and Other Pieces

“Mythology on the Move: Narrative Archetypes in Framing and Worldview.” Hamilton Arts & Letters 8.1 (Aug 2015 issue on Northrop Frye's Modern Century).

“The Turn to the Mind, Inside and Out.” Imagining Minds Conference Report. Journal of Literary Theory (2010).

Review of Joanna Gavins and Gerard Steen, eds. Cognitive Poetics in Practice. London: Routledge, 2003. Cognitive Linguistics 18:3 (August/ September 2007): 467-80.

“Inwit of Inwit.” Review article, David Lodge, Consciousness and the Novel. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2002; Thinks. London: Secker & Warburg, 2001. Style 38.1 (Spring 2004): 93-113.

Review of Peter Pesic, Seeing Double: Shared identities in physics, philosophy, and literature. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003. TLS No 5276, May 14 2004. p. 30.

“Against Opposition.” Review of Nick Lacey, Narrative and Genre. New York: St. Martin’s P, 2000. Style 36.4 (Winter 2002): 743-46.

“Metaphor in the Raw.” Review article, George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, Philosophy in the Flesh. New York: Basic, 1999. Postmodern Culture 11.1 (September 2000).

“Foregrounding.” Entry in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory. Eds. David Herman, Manfred Jahn, and Marie-Laure Ryan. London: Routledge, 2005.  

V. Vorträge

“Narrative and Framing.” ELINAS-Workshop “Physik-Fiktion Narration.” U Erlangen, April 2015.

“Energy in Mind: Concepts of Energy in Intuitive Ontology, Science and Literature.” European Society for Literature, Science & the Arts, Malta, June 2015.

“Developing an Annotation Scheme for Text World Theory.” U Huddersfield, Nov 2014.

“The Evolution of Epistolarity.” Opening presentation, What is a Letter? Oxford U, July 2014.

“Cognitive Poetics of Genre.” Cognition and Poetics Lecture Series, U Osnabrück, May 2014.

“Solitary, Sentimental and Social Minds in Rousseau.” Social Minds in Factual and Fictional Narration, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, May 2014.

“From Words to Worldview: Framing Narrative Genres.” Language Theory Division, MLA, Chicago, Jan 2014; Myrifield Workshop, May 2014; Cognitive Futures in the Humanities III, Oxford U, April 2015.

“Genre Blending in Modern Poetry and Drama: Violi & Beckett.” U Groningen, April 2014.

“Governing Spirits: Body Politic Metaphors in the French Revolution Debate.” Canadian Societyfor 18th Century Studies, London, Ontario, Oct 2013.

“Genre Blending in Tristram Shandy.” Laurence Sterne Tercentenary, U London, UK, July 2013.

“Framing Fables.” Metaphor and Narrative in Education, panel proposed with Mike Hanne, ISSN International Conference on Narrative. Manchester U, June 2013.

“From World to Worldview: An Energy Model of Psychosocial Dynamics.” Cognitive Futures in the Humanities, Bangor U; Cognition and Poetics, U Osnabrück: April 2013; ELINAS Center for Literature and Natural Science, U Erlangen, Nov 2014.

“Rousseau's Shaping Spirit.” Frye at 100, Budapest; Educating the Imagination, U Toronto: Sept & Oct 2012.

“Framing the World: Genre as Worldview.” Poster. UK Cognitive Linguistics 4. King's College London, July 2012.

“The Body Moral-Politic.” Researching and Applying Metaphor 9. Lancaster U, UK, July 2012.

“Blending as Usual?” Conceptual Integration and Empirical Methods. U Murcia, Spain, May 2012.

“Conversation to Epistolarity.” Linguistic Approaches to Literature Division, MLA. Philadelphia, Dec 2009.

“Towards a Cognitive Sociology of Genre.” Language and Society Division, MLA. Philadelphia, Dec 2009.

“Crusades Begin as Pilgrimages: Pynchon’s New Medievalisms.” International Pynchon Week. Ludwig-Maximilians-U, Munich, June 2008.

“Genre Blending in Epistolarity.” Imagining Minds. U Vienna, May 2008.

“Reframing Frye: Bridging Culture and Cognition.” Northrop Frye: New Directions from Old. U Ottawa, May 2007.

“Genre Models and Blends.” Invited, Literature and Cognition Working Group. Yale U, April 2006.

“'A Sermon in the Midst of a Smutty Tale': Genre Blending in Tristram Shandy.” Literature and Cognitive Science. U Connecticut, April 2006.

“Storied Selves in Consciousness Studies.” Neo-Darwinism and Modern British Fiction, MLA. Philadelphia, Dec 2004.

“Conceptual Blending and the Origin of Menippean Satire.” Cognitive Approaches to Literature Discussion Group, MLA. Philadelphia, Dec. 2004.

“Genre Blending and the Rise of the Novel.” Poetics and Linguistics Association. New York U, July 2004.

“The Excluded Middle Ages.” 6th International Pynchon Conference Valletta, Malta, June 2004.

“Blended Genres in Ulysses.” Central New York Conference on Lang. and Lit. SUNY, Oct. 2003.

“Cognitive Models of Menippean Satire.” Defining Genres, Canadian Semiotic Association, Humanities and Social Sciences Congress of Canada. U Toronto, May 2002.

“Conceptual Structures of Allegory.” American Comparative Literature Association. Boulder, April 2001.

“Genre, Categories and Cognitive Science.” Cognitive Science in Literary Studies, NEMLA. Hartford, March 2001.

“A Fine Frenzy Frozen: Metaphor and Cosmology.” Frye and the Word. McMaster U, May 2000.

“Cosmologies We Live By.” Humanity and the Cosmos. Brock U, Jan. 2000.

“Sense and Censorship and The Romance of the Rose.” Intersections: Medieval and Postmodern. McMaster U, May 1999. Freedom of Expression in the Medieval and Early Modern World. UCSB, Feb. 2000.