Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Attending DaedalusGene Wolfe, Artifice and the Reader$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Peter Wright

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238188

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780853238188.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM LIVERPOOL SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.liverpool.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Liverpool University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in LSO for personal use.date: 25 May 2022

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

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

(p.49) 4. ‘The God and His Man’: Critical Responses to The Urth Cycle
Attending Daedalus

Peter Wright


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 argues that the enigmatic nature of The Urth Cycle has resulted in a critical response that has been disappointing, with contradictory assertions, unresolved conjectures and inconclusive arguments standing as testimony to the often bewildering consequences of Wolfe's literary games-playing. Reviewing this response, the chapter highlights what it perceives as the shortcomings of a number of reviews and articles before arguing that any criticism related to The Urth Cycle is an autobiographical exercise. The conclusions reached, it suggests, should indicate that understanding proceeds from earlier misinterpretations that led to a more complete comprehension of the text. These earlier misreadings, it proposes, are invaluable in demonstrating how Wolfe shapes, and misdirects, reader response.

Keywords:   Gene Wolfe, Urth Cycle, Games-playing, Enigmatic, Synopsis, Critical response

Liverpool Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.