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Attending Daedalus: Gene Wolfe, Artifice and the Reader

Peter Wright


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 conventional spiritual reading of the text, the book employs evolutionary theory to argue for a controversial secular reception of a narrative in which Wolfe plays an elaborate game with his reader. After exposing the concealed story at the heart of Wolfe's novels, it adopts a variety of approaches to establish Wolfe as the designer of an intricate textual labyrinth intended to extend into the readin ... More

Keywords: Gene Wolfe, Urth Cycle, New Sun, Memory, Myth, Selfish Gene, Reader Response, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Metafiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780853238188
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853238188.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Wright, author