School of English

Dr Ariane Mildenberg

School of English - Lecturer in Modernism

01227 82(7590)


(BA, MA, Copenhagen; PhD, York)

Office: NC 13

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.



  • Ed., Understanding Merleau-Ponty, Understanding Modernism (Bloomsbury; forthcoming 2017)
  • Modernism and Phenomenology: Epiphanic Moments in Literature, Philosophy and Art  (Palgrave Macmillan; forthcoming 2016).
  • 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

  • 'Seeing Fine Substances Strangely: Phenomenology in Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons.' Reprint. In Literary Criticism on Gertrude Stein, Vol. Poetry Criticism 175 (Gale/Cengage, 2016).
  • 'Stein and Lived Experience' in Gertrude Stein and Europe: Reconfigurations Across Media, Disciplines, and Traditions, eds. Sarah Posman and Laura Luise Schultz (London, Bloomsbury 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.

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


School of English, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T: +44 (0)1227 823054

Last Updated: 19/11/2015