Modernism and...

Modernism and Phenomenology

Literature, Philosophy, Art

Authors: Mildenberg, Ariane

  • Provides an accessible rendering of a vast array of philosophical literature.
  • Explores how modernist writers and artists stimulate the development of human consciousness and self-awareness.
  • Combines analysis of literary, phenomenological and art historical thinking.
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Braiding together strands of literary, phenomenological and art historical reflection, Modernism and Phenomenology explores the ways in which modernist writers and artists return us to wonder before the world. Taking such wonder as the motive for phenomenology itself, and challenging extant views of modernism that uphold a mind-world opposition rooted in Cartesian thought, the book considers the work of modernists who, far from  presenting perfect, finished models for life and the self, embrace raw and semi-chaotic experience. Close readings of works by Paul Cézanne, Gertrude Stein, Franz Kafka, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Wallace Stevens, Paul Klee, and Virginia Woolf explore how modernist texts and artworks display a deep-rooted openness to the world that turns us into "perpetual beginners." Pushing back against ideas of modernism as fragmentation or groundlessness, Mildenberg argues that this openness is less a sign of powerlessness and deferred meaning than of the very provisionality of experience.

About the authors

Ariane Mildenberg is Lecturer in Modernism at the University of Kent, UK. She is co-editor of Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond (2010) and has published various journal articles and essays on the interaction of phenomenology with modernist literature.

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“Modernism and Phenomenology brilliantly reveals the “epiphanic moments” at the heart of mundane experience, moments that rupture taken-for-granted ways of perceiving and that lead us to interrogate anew the world revealed through them. Creatively interlacing original readings of Modernist writers and artists including Woolf, Stein, Stevens, Hopkins, Kafka, Cézanne, and Klee with important phenomenological insights offered by Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and their interlocutors, Mildenberg brings modernism and phenomenology into a sustained, and extremely productive conversation that is long overdue. “Both phenomenology and modernism” she persuasively demonstrates, “thrive in the blend of insecurity and possibility.” In an aesthetic, literary, and philosophical tour de force, Mildenberg carries her readers alongside her as she wades deep into this fertile realm of “prelogical muddiness,” or “wild being”: the flesh of the world whose waves and folds comprise infinite material for creative expression.”  (Gail Weiss, The George Washington University, USA)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Phenomenology, Modernism and the Crisis of Modernity

    Mildenberg, Ariane

    Pages 1-39

  • On Apples, Broken Frames and Fallenness: Phenomenology and the Unfamiliar Gaze in Cézanne, Stein and Kafka

    Mildenberg, Ariane

    Pages 41-72

  • Earthly Angels and Winged Messengers: Experience and Expression in Hopkins, Stevens and Klee

    Mildenberg, Ariane

    Pages 73-103

  • Virginia Woolf’s Interworld: Folds, Waves, Gazes

    Mildenberg, Ariane

    Pages 105-137

  • Hyperdialectic: A Modernist Adventure

    Mildenberg, Ariane

    Pages 139-161

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-59251-7
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-0-230-28936-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Modernism and Phenomenology
Book Subtitle
Literature, Philosophy, Art
Authors
Series Title
Modernism and...
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-59251-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-59251-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-28936-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 183
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