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Dr Ariane Mildenberg

Lecturer in Modernism

School of English

(BA, MA, Copenhagen; PhD, York)

Office: NC 13

I am also Director of the Year Abroad for English students going to European destinations.


My primary research interest focuses on kinships of both method and concern between phenomenology―the work of Edmund Husserl and Maurice Merleau-Ponty in particular―and modernist literature and art. Other interests include the interaction of contemporary philosophy with theology and the relationship between modernism and postcolonial writing. I recently co-edited Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond, an interdisciplinary collection of essays exploring a variety of modernist issues gravitating around the philosophy of Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Martin Heidegger, Gaston Bachelard, Michel Henry and Paul Ricoeur. I am currently working on a monograph examining the phenomenological dimension of the epiphany in modernist literature and art.

Research Supervision

I am particularly interested in supervising theses on modernist literature and poetry within various philosophical, theoretical and comparative frameworks, spanning from modernist philosophy, aesthetics and art to postmodern theory and visual culture.

Professional Activities

I am a member of the Nordic Society for Phenomenology and the Modern Language Association.

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Selected Publications
  • Ed., Understanding Merleau-Ponty, Understanding Modernism (Bloomsbury; forthcoming 2016)
  • Modernism and Phenomenology: Epiphanic Moments in Literature, Philosophy and Art  (Palgrave Macmillan; forthcoming 2015).
  • Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond, co-edited with Carole Bourne-Taylor (Peter Lang, 2010).
  • Translation of Danish poet Janus Kodal's poetry collection Sabotage (2010), with Dr Simon Smith (work in progress).
Some Recent Chapters and Articles:
  • 'Stein and Lived Experience' in Gertrude Stein and Europe: Listening and Talking, eds. Sarah Posman and Laura Luise Schultz (Bloomsbury; forthcoming 2015).
  • ‘“A Total Double Thing”: A Re-evaluation of Phenomenology in Wallace Stevens’ in Textual Practice, Online (December, 2013): DOI:10.1080/0950236X.2013.858075.
  • ‘A “Dance of Gestures”: Hyperdialectic in Gertrude Stein’s Compositions’ in The Aesthetics of Matter: Modernism, the Avant-Garde and Material Exchange, eds. David Ayers, Sascha Bru, Benedikt Hjartarson, Sarah Posman, Anne Reverseau (Berlin: De Gruyter/Mouton, 2013), pp. 380-395.
  • ‘Introduction: Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond’, co-written with Carole Bourne-Taylor, in Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond, eds. Carole Bourne-Taylor and Ariane Mildenberg (Peter Lang, 2010), pp. 1-38.
  • 'Openings: Epoché as Aesthetic Tool in Modernist Texts' in Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond, eds. Carole Bourne-Taylor and Ariane Mildenberg (Peter Lang, 2010), pp. 41-73.
  • 'Seeing Fine Substances Strangely: Phenomenology in Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons' in Studia Phaenomenologica VIII (2008), 259-282.
  • ‘Through the Wrong End of the Telescope: Thresholds of Perception in Joseph Cornell, John Ashbery and Maurice Merleau-Ponty’ in Joseph Cornell: Opening the Box, eds. Jason Edwards and Stephanie L.Taylor (Peter Lang, 2007), 137-56.
  • ‘“Am I all of them? Am I one and distinct?”: Woolf’s ‘Gigantic Conversation’” in
    Etudes britanniques contemporaines, n° hors série, ed. C. Reynier, (Univ. Montpellier 3,
    automne 2004), 69-80.
  • ‘Interrelation and Separation: Dialectical Tensions in Paul Cézanne’s The Large Bathers and
    Virginia Woolf’s The Waves’ in Across the Generations: Selected Papers from the Twelfth International Virginia Woolf Conference, eds. Merry Pawlowski and Eileen Barrett (CSU Bakersfield: Center for Virginia Woolf Studies, 2003), 277-286.
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During the Academic Year 2014/15 I will be teaching:

EN331 Readings in the 20th Century (Stage 1)

EN689 Modernism (Stage 2)

EN903 Phenomenology and Literature (Postgraduate)

EN850 Centres and Edges: Modernist and Postcolonial Quest Literature (Postgraduate)

I am also the convenor for EN689, EN850 and EN903 and will be lecturing on the EN333 Romanticism and Critical Theory module.

In addition to the above, I am also lecturing and teaching on SE312 Roots of Transformation as part of the New Liberal Arts degree in Anthropology

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Last Updated: 18/12/2014