Albright, Daniel. Quantum Poetics. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1997.
This highly scientific but somewhat reaching study attempts to posit the Modernist poets as translators of the science of their day by citing their frequent "appropriation of scientific metaphors" (1). Albright focuses specifically on Yeats, Pound, and Eliot in an effort to construct a scientifically derived, so-called 'wave theory' of poetry. Albright's contention is that the "streamlined look" of Modernism (111) is an attempt to isolate the building blocks of poetry as (much like light) discrete units of quanta. This conclusion leads to a Modernist "particle model of literature" (19) whereby symbols and sounds produce what Albright terms a "telepathic intimacy" between poet and reader which transgresses notions of science and art. Albright's study is terribly well-supported by claims of scientific origins, but also seems equally as stretched.

Altieri, Charles. Painterly Abstraction in Modernist American Poetry. New York:
Cambridge UP, 1989.
In Chapter 7, entitled "Modes of Abstraction in Modernist Poetry," Altieri specifically examines (without the usual generalizations), how writers "try to imitate the visual arts' ability to express affective aspects of material substance" (222). Writers such as Williams, Stein, and Stevens "articulate a grammar of stylistic possibilities...in a variety of combinations" to echo the abstractions of Modernist art (223). According to Altieri, Williams fails because of the "limitations of the poet's processes...to go beyond the limits of what it could control" (240). Stein comes closer to the mark, but it is Stevens who, for Altieri, best "produces a single integrative abstraction" most akin to Cubism (255).

Bay-Petersen, Ole. "T.S. Eliot and Einstein: The Fourth Dimension in The Four
Quartets." English Studies 66 (1978): 143-155.
Bay-Petersen's goal is to uncover "the probability of Eilot's indebtedness to Einstein's theories," specifically in the Four Quartets (143). Eliot's use of time as subject is explicated as the simultaneous pairing of both Eternity and "human time which is characterized by succession" (147). Eliot's negotiations between the temporal and the eternal are, for Bay-Petersen, finally resolved only in "Eliot's concept of a divine pattern" (149) wherein "human life forms a mere detail" (148) of the greater whole. This conclusion that "all space and time measurements are relative" (150) results in "the idea of a separate dimension of absolute time" -- a fourth dimension (151). For Bay-Petersen, "Eliot's idea of eternity as forming a kind of pattern or design where all times co-exist is remarkably similar to Einstein's space-time" (253), a popular concept of which "he [Eliot] was familiar" (154).

Henderson, Linda Dalrymple. The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean
Geometry in Modern Art
. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1983.
Henderson's examination of fourth-dimensional treatment in (and by) twentieth-century art objects is utterly exhaustive and painstakingly researched. Including originary texts, a host of art plates, and various bibliographic chronologies, Henderson's study meticulously traces the fourth dimension from its not-so-humble mathematical beginnings to its place as, in her words, "the dominant intellectual influence" of the early twentieth-century artistic world (xiv). Henderson observes the fourth dimension in Paris (Duchamp), in America (Weber), and finally in the roots of Russian futurism. Her superexpansive view neglects any mention of textual representation beyond a cursory one, but does open the door for further such study by positioning the fourth dimension as "a rationale for exploring new kinds of language in art, literature, and music" (341).

---. "X-rays and the Quest for Invisible Reality in the Art of Kupka, Duchamp, and
the Cubists." Art-Journal 47 (1988): 323-40.
Henderson obviously does not dispute the major role of the fourth dimension in Modernist art (see above), but she here argues that there is a second factor "contributing to the preoccupation with supersensible reality" -- the 1895 discovery of x-rays (323). Henderson's again airtight scholarship points to popular cultural texts of the early twentieth century to show that "the notion of clairvoyant, four-dimensional vision" was inextricably linked (initially) with x-rays (332). For the Moderns, x-rays "clearly established the inadequacy of human sense perception and raised fundamental questions" about substance and reality which were more metaphysical than scientific (324). Henderson's welcome inclusion of advertisements, cartoons, and photos convey this "remarkable public response to x rays" (324) which is seen by her as a blanket admission of the inadequacy of human sensory observations. This "relativity of perception" (326) suggested by x rays directly inspires (according to Henderson) artists such as Duchamp and Picasso who endeavor to represent "an invisible, immaterial reality" (336) in their works; to see the unseen.

Morris, Robert. "Words and Images in Modernism and Postmodernism." Critical
Inquiry
15 (1989): 337-47.
As Morris rightly observes, to study the "relations between image and language is to step into a very old philosophical problem" (337). Nonetheless, the question is a good one and Morris claims that the "texture of difference" between the two is that language exhibits only differences while images are always continuous (339). Modernism is then an ideology of "transcendence and transgression" in which artists (and writers) are "forcing the iconic into some pure realm of clarified imagery free of textual contamination" (341). For support, Morris moves briskly from Kant to Derrida in order to make the bold claim that "art is now the model of experience" (346); "a text is not required" (347).

Philmus, Robert M. "The Time Machine; or, The Fourth Dimension as
Prophecy." PMLA 84 (1969): 530-35.
Based on H.G. Wells' later (1920s) thoughts about his earlier novel The Time Machine, this study is particularly useful in terms of its methodology -- the application of fourth dimensional theories to an actual written text. Philmus centers on the novel being a "vision of the future as a devolutionary process" resulting only in non-human animal vegetation (532). He sees Wells' "vision of social disintegration" existing "only in the dimension of prophecy, that dimension into which the critique can be projected and...given life" -- the fourth dimension as time, as metaphor (534). The Time Traveller of Wells' story takes his prophecy literally and dissolves (textually, literally) into "the world of 802,701" in order to make his prophecy come true and make the reader's experience not only a relativistic one, but a fourth-dimensional one as well (535).

Scheick, William J. "The Fourth Dimension in Wells's Novels of the 1920's."
Criticism 20 (1978): 167-90.
Scheick also focuses on the science fiction of Wells, claiming that his [Wells'] "search for a revolutionary form" in fiction stumbled across a fourth dimension of representation (168). Scheick reads closely into the Wells canon of the 1920s and finds not only a "disparagement" with form and unity (anti-Henry James), but also that "the revealing coordinates" of space and time are key components of the fictions (171). Scheick concludes that Wells realizes that "fixed space may be in fact less definable" (171) in that "matter or space...undergoes translation...through a fourth dimension, time" (172). For Wells, "time...implies the 'greater' reality of the inherent and seemingly paradoxical fluidity of spatial fixity" (172). Scheick concludes by placing Wells as prefiguring postmodernity, the "splintered frame" (177) of the "uncomfortable self-awareness of...reading a work of fiction" (177).

Van Cleve, James. "Right, Left, and the Fourth Dimension." The Philosophical
Review
96 (1987): 33-68.
Van Cleve critiques neither art nor literature, but the fourth dimension itself from a highly detached, highly theoretical view. Using Kant as his locus, Van Cleve defines the fourth dimension as a property of "Absolute Space" (35), a distinction which is only "a difference in orientation" and not one in time (44). But Van Cleve proceeds to deconstruct his own argument, theorizing that "all labels are arbitrary" (48) and that "on empirical grounds...the existence of a fourth dimension is dubious" (51).