Claudia Schmölders

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Claudia Schmölders 1977 in Zurich, picture by Fritz Senn

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


Claudia Schmölders studied German, musicology and philosophy at universities in Cologne, Zurich, Berlin and New York. In 1973 she received her doctorate in philosophy from the Free University of Berlin . Between 1975 and 1999 she worked as a freelance journalist , editor and editor for various publishers; in addition, she had lectureships at the universities in Cologne, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg and Berlin. In 1991 she was a Fellow at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris, and in 1991/92 she was a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin . 1997 habilitation they are at the Humboldt University with a thesis on the history of physiognomy ; since 1998 she has been a private lecturer at the cultural studies seminar at the Humboldt University.

Her father was the economist Günter Schmölders , the great-grandfather Franz August Schmölders a well-known orientalist in Wroclaw .

As a scientist, Schmölders deals, among other things, with the history of physiognomics and politeness in Europe. In addition, she has published numerous literary anthologies as well as the series “Famous Couples” in Rowohlt Verlag (30 volumes). She has also emerged as a translator of narrative literature and children's books from English, including Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

Schmölders has been a member of the PEN Center Germany since 2000 . In 2004 she received the Heinrich Mann Prize from the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of the Arts. In 2010 she was appointed a full member of the German Academy for Language and Poetry .

Fonts (selection)

  • Simplicity, naivety, simplicity - studies of aesthetic terminology in France and Germany, 1674–1771. Juris, Zurich 1974, ISBN 3-260-03742-X (Philosophical dissertation Free University Berlin, Department of German Studies, 1973, XV, 273 pages, 23 cm full text online PDF, free of charge, 307 pages, 37 MB).
  • with Marion Yorck von Wartenburg : The strength of silence. Memories of a Life in Resistance (= Edition C / C , Volume 509), Brendow, Moers 1998 (first edition: Diederichs, Cologne 1987, ISBN 3-424-00787-0 ), ISBN 3-87067-717-1 ( autobiography of Marion Yorck von Wartenburg).
    • English edition: The Power of Solitude. My Life in the German Resistance , translated and edited by Julie M. Winter, foreword by Peter Hoffmann, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE / London 2000, ISBN 0-8032-9915-X / ISBN 0-8032-4915-2 .
  • The prejudice in the body. An introduction to physiognomics , Berlin 1995; 3rd edition 2007
  • Hitler's face. A physiognomic biography , Munich 2000; Hitler's Face. A biography of an image. Philadelphia 2005
  • Faust & Helena. A German-Greek story of fascination. Berenberg, Berlin 2018, ISBN 978-3-946334-30-9 .


  • Jules Verne : The great navigators and explorers , Zurich 1974
  • About Balzac , Zurich 1977; 1993; 3rd expanded edition Zurich 2007
  • About Simenon , Zurich 1978
  • The art of conversation. Texts on the history of European conversation theory , Munich 1979; 1986
  • From Paradise and Other Gardens , Cologne 1983
  • The wild woman , Cologne 1983 u.ö.
  • The fairy tale ark , Cologne 1984
  • German letters , Frankfurt am Main 1987, etc.
  • The fairy tale book , Frankfurt am Main 1987
  • Invitation to dinner , Frankfurt am Main 1989, etc.
  • Japan , Insel-Almanach, Frankfurt am Main 1989 (together with Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit )
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe : With Goethe through the garden , Frankfurt am Main 1989
  • Declarations of love , Berlin 1993
  • The invention of love. Famous testimonies from three millennia , Munich 1996, etc.
  • The eccentric look. Conversation about physiognomics , Berlin 1996
  • German children. 17 Biographical Portraits , Berlin 1997
  • Faces of the Weimar Republic. A physiognomic cultural history , Cologne 2000, together with Sander L. Gilman



Individual evidence

  1. ^ German biography - Schmölders, Günter. In: Retrieved October 15, 2015 .

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