School of English


(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.

back to top


Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Mildenberg, A. (2017). Modernism and Phenomenology: Literature, Philosophy, Art. [Online]. Palgrave Macmillan. Available at:
Edited book
Mildenberg, A. ed. (2018). Understanding Merleau-Ponty, Understanding Modernism. New York: Bloomsbury.
Bourne-Taylor, C. and Mildenberg, A. eds. (2010). Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond. Peter Lang.
Book section
Mildenberg, A. (2016). Seeing Fine Substances Strangely: Phenomenology in Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons. Reprint. in: Literary Criticism on Gertrude Stein. Gale/Cengage, pp. 309-322.
Mildenberg, A. (2015). Stein and Lived Experience. in: Posman, S. and Schultz, L. L. eds. Gertrude Stein in Europe: Reconfigurations Across Media, Disciplines, and Traditions. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 25 -46. Available at:
Mildenberg, A. (2013). A 'Dance of Gestures': Hyperdialectic in Gertrude Stein's Compositions. in: Posman, S. et al. eds. The Aesthetics of Matter: Modernism, the Avant-Garde and Material Exchange. Berlin Germany: Walter de Gruyter & Co, pp. 380-395.
Mildenberg, A. (2010). Openings: Epoché as Aesthetic Tool in Modernist Texts. in: Bourne-Taylor, C. and Mildenberg, A. eds. Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond. Peter Lang, pp. 41-73. Available at:
Bourne-Taylor, C. and Mildenberg, A. (2010). Introduction: Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond. in: Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond. Peter Lang, pp. 1-31. Available at:
Mildenberg, A. (2007). '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. Peter Lang, pp. 137-156.
Mildenberg, A. (2004). Am I all of them? Am I one and distinct? Woolf's 'Gigantic Conversation'. in: Reynier, C. ed. Etudes britanniques contemporaines. Univ. Montpellier, pp. 69-80.
Mildenberg, A. (2003). Interrelation and Separation: Dialectical Tensions in Paul Cézanne's The Large Bathers and Virginia Woolf's The Waves. in: Pawlowski, M. M. and Barrett, E. eds. Across the Generations: Selected Papers from the Twelfth International Virginia Woolf Conference. CSU Bakersfield: Center for Virginia Woolf Studies, pp. 200-208.
Mildenberg, A. (2013). 'A Total Double-Thing': A Re-evaluation of Phenomenology in Wallace Stevens. Textual Practice [Online] 29:133-154. Available at:
Mildenberg, A. (2008). Seeing Fine Substances Strangely: Phenomenology in Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons. Studia Phaenomenologica VIII:259-282.
Total publications in KAR: 13 [See all in KAR]
back to top

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.

back to top

Professional activities

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

back to top


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: 15/06/2016