“Music in the Fiction of Richard Powers,” thesis by Pim Verheyen, Universiteit Antwerpen (2012). Using The Gold Bug Variations and The Time of Our Singing, Verheyen examines “the narrative strategies Richard Powers employs to include music in his literary works. Powers does not only incorporate biographical elements of composers in order to link his, Read More

“Literary variations on Bach’s Goldberg,” article by W. Wolf in The Modern Language Review 105(3):625-640 · July 2010. “This paper takes several fictional adaptations of Bach’s Goldberg Variations to explore various modes through which musical form has been adapted in modern literature. Novels by Nancy Huston, Thomas Bernhard, Richard Powers, and Gabriel Josipovici provide four different models for, Read More

Trauma, Postmodernism and the Aftermath of World War II, by Paul Crosthwaite (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). The radical, ‘postmodernist’ waves of experimentation that swept Anglo-American fiction from the late 1960s constitute a delayed response to the upheavals of the Second World War, yet the legacy of the war barely figures in prevalent accounts of the postmodernist, Read More

Since his first novel was published in 1985, Richard Powers has assembled a body of work whose intellectual breadth and imaginative energy bears comparison with that of any writer working today. Intersections: Essays on Richard Powers pays tribute to that achievement by collecting seventeen essays—written by leading literary critics, philosophers, and a novelist—each of which offers, Read More

Understanding Richard Powers presents an introduction to one of the most important and admired writers to emerge in the post-Pynchon era of American literature. Joseph Dewey contends that while Powers’s novels investigate the most pressing issues of the new millennium, the novelist is most deeply interested in the same thematic argument that consumed Ralph, Read More

The Science and Literature juxtaposition has always been controversial and the academic discussions on the relationship between the two fields have often faced difficulties related with their incompatibility. However, this polarization has mostly been the result of comparing or contrasting literature and science in terms of discursive, ideological and/or hierarchical contexts rather than identifying, Read More

Review of Contemporary Fiction Jim Neilson, “Dirtying Our Hands: An Introduction to the Fiction of Richard Powers” Jim Neilson, “An Interview with Richard Powers” James Hurt, “Narrative Powers: Richard Powers as Storyteller” Greg Dawes, “The Storm of Progress: Richard Powers’s Three Farmers“ Joseph Dewey, “Hooking the Nose of the Leviathan: Information, Knowledge, and the Mysteries, Read More

“The Prodigious Fiction of Richard Powers, William Vollmann, and David Foster Wallace,” by Tom LeClair, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 38, no. 1 (Fall 1996). “Powers, Vollmann, and Wallace deserve essays of their own. I have chosen to treat them and their most remarkable novels—The Gold Bug Variations (1991), You Bright and Risen Angels (1987),, Read More