Cornelia Selent, M.A.

Cornelia Selent studied German Medieval literature and Medieval Latin philology. From November 2012 until 2015 she was doctoral fellow of the research group (D-4) Immaterial Causes and Physical Space and has also participated in the PhD program “Ancient Languages and Texts” (ALT) at the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS). Currently she is a research assistant at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster. In her PhD thesis she investigates the discourse of perception in the High Middle Ages focusing especially on olfactusgustus and tactus. Philosophical, literary, medical and theological texts contain various statements to the three modes of sensus. The main focus of her work is not only the physiological theory and the connection between the sensory experience and cognitive processes as well as emotional effects of sensual contacts, but also the relation between fictional and non-fictional presentations of the statements and their functions within the fictional world. This includes also a discussion in what way the mentioned three senses become more important as means of expression within poetry and theory of poetry.