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Author Blacklock, Mark, 1974-
Title The emergence of the fourth dimension : higher spatial thinking in the fin de siecle / Mark Blacklock.
Imprint Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018.
Edition First edition.

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Subject English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Space and time in literature.
Fourth dimension -- In literature.
Fourth dimension (Parapsychology) -- In literature.
Description 1 online resource
Edition First edition.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary 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 siecle 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.
Contents Cover; The Emergence of the Fourth Dimension: Higher Spatial Thinking in the Fin de Siecle; Copyright; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Illustrations; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; 1: Conditions of Emergence: Kant, Helmholtz, and Analogy; KANTIAN SPACE; SPISSITUDE: A CURIOSITY?; THE DEVELOPMENT OF N-DIMENSIONS; THREE-SPACE IN FOUR-SPACE; ANALOGY AND THE DIMENSIONAL MENAGERIE; DARWIN'S EXAMPLES; 2: Knots: Topology, Conjuring, and the Spiritualist Fourth Dimension; ZOLLNER AND SLADE: SCIENTISTS AND MEDIUMS, ALLIANCES AND RIVALRIES; TRANSCENDENTAL PHYSICS
THE SEYBERT COMMISSION REPORT: A TEST CASE IN SCIENTIFIC AUTHORITY; THE CONJUROR'S KNOT CONSIDERED; TRANSLATION: 'THE MIDDLE TERM IN A SYLLOGISM'; 3: A Square: Flatland, Play, and Tradition; FLATLAND CRITICISM; FLATLAND PRECURSORS; FLATLAND AS SATIRE; ANALOGICAL FLATLAND; BEYOND THE TEXT; FLATLAND RESPONSES; 4: Cubes: Hintonian Higher Space and its Thinking Subject; JAMES HINTON: NATURE PHILOSOPHER; CHARLES HOWARD HINTON: SPATIAL PHILOSOPHER; 'SEEING AS A HIGHER CHILD'; TESSERACTS; BEYOND THE DIMENSIONAL ROMANCE; 5: Through: The Theosophical Society, Authority, and Mediation
PRECIPITATION AND APPORT; THE GLOBAL SPACE OF THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY; SPIRITUAL DEMOCRATS OR SPIRITUAL ARISTOCRATS?; THE FOURTH DIMENSION AS MEDIUM; PLANES AND STRATA; 6: Fictions: The Spaces of Literature after n-Dimensions; MIRRORS: INVERSION AND THE LITERARY VISUAL; PORTALS: BI-LOCATION AND THE OBJECT; BODIES: CORPOREAL SUBJECTIVITY; POSSESSION: VISION 'AVEC'; FORM: SPACE AND STRUCTURE; FEAR: DIANOIA, PARANOIA, AND AGORAPHOBIA; THE GLOBE: HIGHER SPACE AND EMPIRE; Conclusion; Bibliography; PRIMARY SOURCES; SECONDARY SOURCES; UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPTS; FILMS; Name Index; Subject Index
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed April 9, 2018).
ISBN 9780191071980 (electronic bk.)
0191071986 (electronic bk.)
9780191816680
019181668X
9780198755487
0198755481
OCLC # 1030303245
Additional Format Print version: Blacklock, Mark, 1974- Emergence of the fourth dimension. First edition. Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018 9780198755487 (DLC) 2017953265 (OCoLC)1002125415