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Modernism, Fiction and Mathematics

Nina Engelhardt


Modernism in mathematics – this unusual notion turns out to provide new perspectives on central questions in and beyond literary modernism. This books draws on prose texts by mathematicians and on historical and cultural studies of mathematics to introduce the so-called ‘foundational crisis of mathematics’ in the early twentieth century, and it analyses major novels that employ developments in mathematics as exemplary of wider modernist movements. The monograph focuses on Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day (2006) and Gravity’s Rainbow (1973), Hermann Broch’s novel trilogy The Sleepwalkers (1930- ... More

Keywords: Literature and mathematics, Literature and science, Modernism and science, Crisis of modernism, Modernist mathematics, Thomas Pynchon, Robert Musil, Hermann Broch

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474416238
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416238.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nina Engelhardt, author