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.

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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.
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. (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:
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]
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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.

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Professional activities

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

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