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The Emergence of the Fourth Dimension: Higher Spatial Thinking in the Fin de Siècle

Mark Blacklock


The idea of the fourth dimension of space has been of sustained interest to nineteenth-century and Modernist studies since the publication of Linda Dalrymple Henderson’s The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art (1983). An idea from mathematics that was appropriated by occultist thought, it emerged in the fin de siècle as a staple of genre fiction and grew to become an informing idea for a number of important Modernist writers and artists. Describing the post-Euclidean intellectual landscape of the late nineteenth century, The Emergence of the Fourth Dimension works with th ... More

Keywords: fourth dimension, literature and mathematics, science fiction, supernatural, spiritualism, higher space, H.G. Wells, Edwin A. Abbott, Theosophical Society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198755487
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198755487.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Blacklock, author
Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Birkbeck College, University of London