Phenomenology, Modernism and Beyond
Carole Bourne-Taylor, Ariane Mildenberg
Peter Lang, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 390 pages
From the first stirrings of modernism to contemporary poetics, the modernist aesthetic project could be described as a form of phenomenological reduction that attempts to return to the invisible and unsayable foundations of human perception and expression, prior to objective points of view and scientific notions. It is this aspect of modernism that this book brings to the fore. The essays presented here bring into focus the contemporary face of ongoing debates about phenomenology and modernism. The contributors forcefully underline the intertwining of modernism and phenomenology and the extent to which the latter offers a clue to the former.
The book presents the viewpoints of a range of internationally distinguished critics and scholars, with diverse but closely related essays covering a wide range of fields, including literature, architecture, philosophy and musicology. The collection addresses critical questions regarding the relationship between phenomenology and modernism, with reference to thinkers such as Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Martin Heidegger, Michel Henry and Paul Ricoeur. By examining the contemporary philosophical debates, this cross-disciplinary body of research reveals the pervasive and far-reaching influence of phenomenology, which emerges as a heuristic method to articulate modernist aesthetic concerns.
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aesthetic Alain Robbe-Grillet architecture artist Bachelard body Cartesian Meditations Claude McKay Collected Poems concept consciousness constituted creative Crisis of European critical critique culture Derrida dimension of experience Edmund Husserl eidetic eidos Essays essence Evanston existence expression Faber Fiction Gallimard George Oppen Gerard Manley Hopkins Gertrude Stein Harlem Heidegger Heidegger's Hermeneutics Hopkins horizon human Husserlian Ibid idea immanent intentionality Invisible Joyce L'Impair landscape language literary literature London Maurice Merleau-Ponty McKay McKay's meaning metaphysical Michel Deguy modern modernist Natanson nature Northwestern University Press notion nouveau roman Novel object ontology Oppen Oxford paradox Paris perceived phenomena Phenomenology of Perception philosophy poesie poet poetic poetry Postmodernism presence Princeton Proust Pure Phenomenology reality relation Ricoeur Routledge Sartre self-evidencing sense space spatial Stevens's structure Tender Buttons things tion trans transcendence Transcendental truth Virginia Woolf visible visual Wallace Stevens words writing York