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    The emergence of the fourth dimension: higher spatial thinking in the Fin de Siècle

    Blacklock, Mark (2018) The emergence of the fourth dimension: higher spatial thinking in the Fin de Siècle. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198755487.

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    Book synopsis: The Emergence of the Fourth Dimension describes the development and proliferation of the idea of higher dimensional space in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries. An idea from mathematics that was appropriated by occultist thought, it emerged in the fin de siècle as a staple of genre fiction and influenced a number of important Modernist writers and artists. Providing a context for thinking of space in dimensional terms, the volume describes an active interplay between self-fashioning disciplines and a key moment in the popularisation of science. It offers new research into spiritualism and the Theosophical Society and studies a series of curious hybrid texts. Examining works by Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, H.G. Wells, Henry James, H. P. Lovecraft, and others, the volume explores how new theories of the possibilities of time and space influenced fiction writers of the period, and how literature shaped, and was in turn shaped by, the reconfiguration of imaginative space occasioned by the n-dimensional turn. A timely study of the interplay between philosophy, literature, culture, and mathematics, it offers a rich resource for readers interested in nineteenth century literature, Modernist studies, science fiction, and gothic scholarship.


    Item Type: Book
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): fourth dimension, higher space, cultural history, H.G. Wells
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Mark Blacklock
    Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2017 10:27
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:42


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