Reviews of Modernist Fiction and Vagueness

“deeply engaging… persuasive… an illuminating reassessment”—David James, Times Literary Supplement 

“A fascinating revisitation of the cultural history and circulation of ideas in an intellectually intense period.”—Laurent Milesi, James Joyce Quarterly.

“The philosophic and literary figures in this book have long been canonical and so long been the subjects of critical industries; Quigley provides not only new ways to read them, but also, in her thorough bibliographic work, a resource for literary scholars… This is a book that is both dense with information and still a pleasure to read.”—Johanna Winant, Modernism/modernity

“Modernist Fiction and Vagueness offers a compelling new interdisciplinary approach through which to account for the relationship between English language literary modernism and the two predominant countervailing forces in twentieth-century Anglo-American philosophy.”—Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé, Woolf Studies Annual

Modernist Fiction and Vagueness affords us a rich and nuanced portrait of a conceptual quandary—equal parts philosophical and literary—that in its grandest implications can help us to rethink how we read, and to what end.” —Joel Childers, Modern Language Notes

“Megan Quigley has succeeded in two ways. Her book is not only a wholly succinct review of the element of vagueness in Modernist writing, but a work which inspires readers to discover for themselves new connections between philosophy and literature”—Martin Glick, Oxford Comparative Criticism & Translation

“In fact, one of the most fantastic implications of Quigley’s book is that not only were early 20th-century philosophers and writers involved in a much profounder dialogue than our intellectual histories typically admit, but that in many ways the period’s philosophies of formal precision and language-based objectivity needed to be inflected through modernist art . . . Given the brood and convincing array of evidence Quigley amasses to prove this point, perhaps the greatest question left by Modernist Fiction and Vagueness is why few people have written anything like it before now.”—Jeffrey Blevins, MAKE magazine

“Anyone who loves, enjoys, and continues to study the classic works Quigley explores will greatly appreciate her careful and nuanced tracing of their complex unfolding, and of the careers of artistic development in which they figure.”—Catherine Toal, Comparative Literature

“… a timely history and polemic… Quigley successfully posits vagueness as a crucial question for modernist criticism, challenging her readers to read textual openness and multiplicity as an extension of the real world rather than an epistemological problem”—Luke Mueller, Journal of Modern Literature