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Gene Wolfe Scholarship, Criticism, and Analysis
The field of Gene Wolfe scholarship is still quite young and small, but slowly growing. While there are no shortage of book reviews of Wolfe's works, there is yet only a handful of books devoted to the study of Gene Wolfe works, and at least one dissertation. Below is a selection of books and articles, but new reader beware(!); a detailed investigation of a Wolfe work is usually quite spoiler heavy.
Shadows of the New Sun by
Call Number: PS3573.O52 Z977 2007
Publication Date: 2007-01-01
A collection of interviews with Wolfe, as well as variation essays by Wolfe. These interviews provide a lot of quality information about Wolfe and his writing, but, like the rest of the resources on this page, it's recommended you read some of Gene Wolfe's fiction before delving into the materials provided here.
Lexicon Urthus by
Publication Date: 2008-08-01
This is a dictionary of all of the interesting, archaic, and esoteric words that Gene Wolfe uses and manipulates in The Book of the New Sun. While this is a good way to look up terms once you have read through the text, I recommend trying to figure out the meanings on your own via the resources provided in this guide, first! With Gene Wolfe works, defining the tricky word is often a key to unlock a greater textual mystery.
Attending Daedalus by
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
An in depth analysis of Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun. Similarly to Borski's book below, these works offer a lot of 'answers' to the puzzles in the text. However, these 'answers' are not necessarily definitive, or correct.
Solar Labyrinth by
Publication Date: 2004-05-01
This work, like Wright's above attempts to decipher the many mysteries in The Book of the New Sun. While thought provoking, I advise against taking all of the author's assertions as truth. That said, this work and works like it are important because they are somewhat pioneers in this nascent area of niche scholarship.
The distant suns of Gene Wolfe
This article touches upon Wolfe's life, spirituality, several of his works, as well as why, though critically acclaimed, he is not as popular as some of his contemporaries.
Art and allegory: a method to read The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
Published in 'Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture,' this article analyzes The Book of the New Sun through a lens of medieval Christianity--an area that Wolfe was very familiar with. Spoiler heavy, but insightful. Like C.S. Lewis, Wolfe's writing, and Wolfe scholarship, has one foot in the secular world, and one in the religious.