Lena Henningsen

Amalie Baur Fellow

University of Freiburg

Institute for Chinese Studies

Focus Group
Underground Reading during the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Short CV

Lena Henningsen is a Junior Professor for Chinese Studies at Freiburg University. She wrote a PhD thesis on plagiarism in contemporary Chinese literature. Before that, she was educated in Chinese Studies, Political Sciences and Musicology from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Heidelberg University and Nanjing Normal University (PR China).

Selected Awards

2017 ERC Starting Grant “The Politics of Reading in the People’s Republic of China”

2016 Leopoldina Early Career Award

2013 – 2018 Member of the German Young Academy (Junge Akademie an der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina)

2008 Young Scholar Award of the European Association for Chinese Studies’.

Research Area

Chinese Society, Literature and Culture of the 20th and 21st centuries

Cultures of Reading

Digital Humanities

Selected Publications

  • Henningsen, Lena;: What Explains the Impact of Popular Chinese Fiction from the Period After the Foundation of the PRC? Latest Thinking, 2017 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Henningsen, Lena: Jenseits der Propaganda: Illegales Lesen und Schreiben in China aus intertextueller und interkultureller Perspektive. In: Nova Acta Leopoldina NF. Leopoldina, 2017, 1-19 more… BibTeX
  • Baumbach, Sibylle, Lena Henningsen, Klaus Oschema: The Fascination with Unknown Time. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 more… BibTeX
  • Henningsen, Lena: Crime, Love, and Science: Continuity and Change in Hand-copied Entertainment Fiction (shouchaoben) from the Cultural Revolution. In: Transforming Book Culture in China, 1600-2016 (Kodex: Yearbook of the International Society for Book Science). Harrassowitz, 2016, 101-119 more… BibTeX
  • Henningsen, Lena; Landa, Sara: Verliebte Helden, rebellische Dichter und das "Erwachen des Selbst-Bewusstseins". Heldenstilisierung in der chinesischen Literatur der langen 1970er Jahre. , 2015, - more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Henningsen, Lena: Individualism for the masses? Coffee consumption and the Chinese middle class' search for authenticity. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 13 (3), 2012, 408-427 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Henningsen, Lena: Coffee, Fast Food, and the Desire for Romantic Love in Contemporary China: Branding and Marketing Trends in Popular Chinese-Language Literature. , Ed.: Transcultural Studies: University Library Heidelberg, 2011, more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Copyright Matters: Imitation, Creativity and Authenticity in Contemporary Chinese Literature. Intersentia / Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 2010 more… BibTeX