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‘Silhouette’: An Introduction to Gene Wolfe

Peter Wright

in Attending Daedalus: Gene Wolfe, Artifice and the Reader

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780853238188
eISBN:
9781846312618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238188.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues that Gene Wolfe is one of the most neglected and misunderstood writers of contemporary science fiction and fantasy. It provides a bio-bibliographical introduction to Wolfe's work ... More


‘The Map’: The Multi-volume Novels and Metafictional Cartography1

Peter Wright

in Attending Daedalus: Gene Wolfe, Artifice and the Reader

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780853238188
eISBN:
9781846312618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238188.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues that the Soldier novels and The Book of the Long Sun, multi-volume works published subsequent to The Book of the New Sun and The Urth of the New Sun, can be read as metafictional ... More


Attending Daedalus: Gene Wolfe, Artifice and the Reader

Peter Wright

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780853238188
eISBN:
9781846312618
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238188.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Attending Daedalus is the first book-length study of Gene Wolfe's four-volume The Book of the New Sun and its sequel, The Urth of the New Sun, known collectively as ‘The Urth Cycle’. Rejecting the ... More


Shadows of the New Sun: Wolfe on Writing/Writers on Wolfe

Peter Wright (ed.)

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781846310577
eISBN:
9781846314056
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310577.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Gene Wolfe is one of America's most acclaimed authors of science fiction and fantasy. His works include Peace, The Fifth Head of Cerberus, The Book of the New Sun, There Are Doors, The Book of the ... More


‘Trip, Trap’: Psychology and Thematic Coherence

Peter Wright

in Attending Daedalus: Gene Wolfe, Artifice and the Reader

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780853238188
eISBN:
9781846312618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238188.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines in detail the thematic preoccupations of Wolfe's fiction published between 1966 and 1984 in order to substantiate claims in subsequent chapters that challenge extant critical ... More


‘In the House of Gingerbread’: Interpretative Games and the Psychology of Reader Response

Peter Wright

in Attending Daedalus: Gene Wolfe, Artifice and the Reader

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780853238188
eISBN:
9781846312618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238188.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Exploring the interpretative game Wolfe plays with the reader, this chapter highlights the potential difficulties that such a game may pose for the critic. In so doing, it argues that Wolfe makes a ... More


‘The God and His Man’: Critical Responses to The Urth Cycle

Peter Wright

in Attending Daedalus: Gene Wolfe, Artifice and the Reader

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780853238188
eISBN:
9781846312618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238188.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Following a detailed synopsis of The Urth Cycle, this chapter addresses the critical response to the texts and observes how reviewers have often fallen victim to Wolfe's literary sleights of hand. It ... More


‘A Solar Labyrinth’: Metafictional Devices and Textual Complexity

Peter Wright

in Attending Daedalus: Gene Wolfe, Artifice and the Reader

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780853238188
eISBN:
9781846312618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238188.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Exploring how The Urth Cycle's labyrinthine microstructure, and its inter- and intratextual echoes may oppose effective textual analysis, this chapter pays particular attention to Wolfe's ... More


‘How the Whip Came Back’: Directing Reader Response1

Peter Wright

in Attending Daedalus: Gene Wolfe, Artifice and the Reader

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780853238188
eISBN:
9781846312618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238188.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Continuing the exploration of the literary game Wolfe plays with his reader, this chapter examines how Wolfe's subversion of the apparently reliable first person narrative form, the literary ... More


Introduction

Peter Wright (ed.)

in Shadows of the New Sun: Wolfe on Writing/Writers on Wolfe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781846310577
eISBN:
9781846314056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310577.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The Introduction provides a brief overview of Gene Wolfe's life and work and contextualizes the subsequent interviews and articles in terms of his life and publishing career. It explores how each of ... More


An Interview with Gene Wolfe

Melissa Mia Hall

in Shadows of the New Sun: Wolfe on Writing/Writers on Wolfe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781846310577
eISBN:
9781846314056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310577.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Reprinted from Amazing Science Fiction Stories, September 1981, Hall's interview takes place at the 1980 World Science Fiction Convention in Boston. Her conversation with Wolfe explores his ... More


‘The Toy Theatre’: Uncovering the Story of the Urth Cycle1

Peter Wright

in Attending Daedalus: Gene Wolfe, Artifice and the Reader

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780853238188
eISBN:
9781846312618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238188.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In this chapter, the hitherto undiscovered story of The Urth Cycle is revealed. Breaking with all current thinking on The Book of the New Sun and The Urth of the New Sun, the chapter argues that The ... More


‘The Last Thrilling Wonder Story’? Intergeneric Operations

Peter Wright

in Attending Daedalus: Gene Wolfe, Artifice and the Reader

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780853238188
eISBN:
9781846312618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238188.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter demonstrates how Wolfe disguises The Urth Cycle, a work of science fiction, as fantasy by recontextualizing genre conventions that encourage critical misreadings. It considers how the ... More


‘Cues’: The Function of Unfamiliar Diction

Peter Wright

in Attending Daedalus: Gene Wolfe, Artifice and the Reader

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780853238188
eISBN:
9781846312618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238188.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Focussing on Wolfe's use of eclectic and archaic vocabulary and nomenclature throughout The Urth Cycle, this chapter argues that such diction establishes a shifting kaleidoscope of adumbration and ... More


Interview: Gene Wolfe ‘The Legerdemain of the Wolfe’

Robert Frazier

in Shadows of the New Sun: Wolfe on Writing/Writers on Wolfe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781846310577
eISBN:
9781846314056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310577.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In this interview with a playful Wolfe reprinted from Thrust: Science Fiction in Review, Winter-Spring 1983, Frazier reviews the author's early career. Wolfe lists and evaluates his short fiction and ... More


Some Moments with the Magus: An Interview with Gene Wolfe

Nick Gevers, Michael Andre-Driussi, and James B. Jordan

in Shadows of the New Sun: Wolfe on Writing/Writers on Wolfe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781846310577
eISBN:
9781846314056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310577.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This is a rather discursive interview that nevertheless reveals a new found political relevance in several of Wolfe's early stories, notably ‘Seven American Nights’ and ‘Hour of Trust’. Wolfe ... More


Gene Wolfe: An Interview

Malcolm Edwards

in Shadows of the New Sun: Wolfe on Writing/Writers on Wolfe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781846310577
eISBN:
9781846314056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310577.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Reprinted from Vector, May-June 1973, the interview focuses on Wolfe's life and early career. It ranges across Wolfe's childhood, his time in the National Guard, his experiences at Texas A&M, and his ... More


Balding, Avuncular Gene's Quick and Dirty Guide to Creating Memorable Characters

Peter Wright (ed.)

in Shadows of the New Sun: Wolfe on Writing/Writers on Wolfe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781846310577
eISBN:
9781846314056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310577.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Dispelling the preconception that characterisation is difficult, Wolfe provides practical advice to the aspiring writer on how to develop memorable characters. The article identifies the three core ... More


‘There Are Doors’: Memory and Textual Structure

Peter Wright

in Attending Daedalus: Gene Wolfe, Artifice and the Reader

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780853238188
eISBN:
9781846312618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238188.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Following on from the discussion of the potential effects of Wolfe's obscure diction, this chapter argues that the linguistic, literary and extraliterary eclecticism of The Urth Cycle can be read as ... More


An Interview with Gene Wolfe

Joan Gordon

in Shadows of the New Sun: Wolfe on Writing/Writers on Wolfe

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781846310577
eISBN:
9781846314056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310577.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In this interview, reprinted from Science Fiction Review, Summer 1981, Joan Gordon attempts to draw out the impulses and qualities that make Wolfe's fiction unique. Their discussion encompasses ... More


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