(urth) The Politics Of Gene Wolfe

Jeff Wilson jwilson at io.com
Fri Mar 20 23:07:35 PDT 2009

Adam Thornton wrote:
> On Mar 20, 2009, at 8:02 PM, Jeff Wilson wrote:
>> Matthew Groves wrote:
>>> I've been puzzling over this passage in Claw, Jonas and Severian are
>>> in the Antechamber and Jonas is wigging out.  I don't know the history
>>> Jonas is talking about, and I wonder if it sheds any light on Wolfe's
>>> views on monarchy and democracy.
>>> "Hereditary rulers and hereditary subordinates, and all sorts of
>>> strange officials. Lancers with long, white mustaches." For an instant
>>> the ghost of his old humorous smile appeared. "The White Knight is
>>> sliding down the poker. He balances very badly, as the King's notebook
>>> told him."
>> The last bit references Lewis Carroll's _Through the Looking Glass_, 
>> which could be taken as a criticism of class society.
> Or of, you know, strange magic to do with traveling through mirrors.

that's kind of hard to politicize tho

Jeff Wilson - jwilson at io.com
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