This is a bit disappointing. Chapter titles like â€œVector Theory and its Application to Literature and Dramaâ€ and â€œVector Theory in Relation to the Traditional Dramatic Aesthetic Theoriesâ€ promise more than is delivered in them. The author has written several books of fiction and at least one play, but she has no advanced mathematical training and the book contains not a single equation, nor even a mathematical symbol.
She has found the idea of vector useful to her in literary criticism and she wants to share her insights. There are many passages along the lines of â€œLulls show the altered direction of the force at hand, indicate the magnitude the vector now has, and reveal the sense of the transformed vector. Usually the vectors are still largely intact; i.e., retain their positive or negative sense, and so the different-sense vectors go off on their separate ways.â€ It is difficult to see exactly what â€œvectorâ€ means to her — there is no entry under v in the five-page index.
Her work may advance the art of literary criticism, but there is nothing in it for the mathematician.
Underwood Dudley has retired from DePauw University and is now teaching one section of Calculus at Florida State University.