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Carole Bourne-Taylor and Ariane Mildenberg (eds), Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond (Bern: Peter Lang, 2010). 390 pp. ISBN: 9783039114092.

Carole Bourne-Taylor and Ariane Mildenberg (eds), Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond (Bern:... BOOK REVIEWS Carole Bourne-Taylor and Ariane Mildenberg (eds), Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond (Bern: Peter Lang, 2010). 390 pp. ISBN: 9783039114092. Kevin Hart notes in his preface to Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond that ‘[f]ew artists in the modernist age were finely attuned to phenomenology in a technical sense’ (xii). However, it does not follow that modernists were uninterested in phenomenology’s insights, nor does it preclude the – conscious or unconscious – presence of phenomenological ideas in modernist works. As this collection demonstrates, it is often valuable to consider the modernism and phenomenology relationship in terms of parallel ideas, rather than influence. Ariane Mildenberg, co-editor of the volume, stresses that her own essay, like others in the collection, ‘does not examine the direct influence of phenomenology on the modernist aesthetic project but calls attention to their kinship of method and concern’ (26). By drawing attention to phenomenologically resonant elements and ideas in texts, images, buildings, and pieces of music, this essay collection verifies the existence of a phenomenological vein in modernism. As far as I am aware, this is the first essay collection dedicated to the exploration of the relationship between modernism and phenomenology. Recently, however, modernist scholars have shown http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Carole Bourne-Taylor and Ariane Mildenberg (eds), Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond (Bern: Peter Lang, 2010). 390 pp. ISBN: 9783039114092.

Modernist Cultures , Volume 6 (2): 338 – Oct 1, 2011

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press 2011
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Book Reviews; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
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2041-1022
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BOOK REVIEWS Carole Bourne-Taylor and Ariane Mildenberg (eds), Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond (Bern: Peter Lang, 2010). 390 pp. ISBN: 9783039114092. Kevin Hart notes in his preface to Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond that ‘[f]ew artists in the modernist age were finely attuned to phenomenology in a technical sense’ (xii). However, it does not follow that modernists were uninterested in phenomenology’s insights, nor does it preclude the – conscious or unconscious – presence of phenomenological ideas in modernist works. As this collection demonstrates, it is often valuable to consider the modernism and phenomenology relationship in terms of parallel ideas, rather than influence. Ariane Mildenberg, co-editor of the volume, stresses that her own essay, like others in the collection, ‘does not examine the direct influence of phenomenology on the modernist aesthetic project but calls attention to their kinship of method and concern’ (26). By drawing attention to phenomenologically resonant elements and ideas in texts, images, buildings, and pieces of music, this essay collection verifies the existence of a phenomenological vein in modernism. As far as I am aware, this is the first essay collection dedicated to the exploration of the relationship between modernism and phenomenology. Recently, however, modernist scholars have shown

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2011

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