Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman Analysis

Harlan Ellison

Historical Context

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McCarthyism and the Cold War
In the two decades before the writing of ‘‘‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,’’...

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Literary Style

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Literary allusions are references to familiar characters, real people, events, or concepts used to make an idea more...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

Adams, Stephen, ‘‘The Heroic and the Mock-Heroic in Harlan Ellison’s ‘Harlequin,’’’ in Extrapolation, Vol. 26, No. 4, Winter 1985, pp. 285–89.

Bryant, Earle V., ‘‘Ellison’s ‘‘‘Repent, Harlequin!’’ Said the Ticktockman,’’’ in the Explicator, Vol. 59, No. 3, Spring 2001, pp. 163–65.

De Los Santos, Oscar, ‘‘Clogging Up the (In)Human Works: Harlan Ellison’s Apocalyptic Postmodern Visions,’’ in Extrapolation, Vol. 40, No. 1, 1999, pp. 5–20.

Dillingham, Thomas F., ‘‘Harlan Ellison,’’ in Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 8, American Science Fiction Writers, edited by David Cowart and Thomas L. Wyner, Gale Research, 1981, pp. 161–69.

Eastwood, D. R., ‘‘Three by One: Harlan Ellison’s 1966, 1968, 1969 Hugo-Winning Short Speculative Fiction,’’ in Hypothesis: Neo-Aristotelian Analysis, Vol. 20, Winter 1977, pp. 16–21.

Ellison, Harlan, ‘‘‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,’’ in The Essential Ellison: A 35-year Retrospective, edited and introduced by Terry Dowling, with Richard Delap and Gil Lamont, Nemo Press, 1987, pp. 877–86.

Moorcock, Michael, ‘‘Foreword,’’ in The Fantasies of Harlan Ellison, Gregg Press, 1979, pp. x–xi.

Patrouch, Joseph, Jr., ‘‘Harlan Ellison and the Formula Story,’’ in The Book of Ellison, edited by Andrew Porter, ALGOL Press, 1978, pp. 45–64.

Slusser, George Edgar, Harlan Ellison: Unrepentant Harlequin, Borgo Press, 1977, pp. 3–4.

Weil, Ellen, ‘‘The Ellison Personae: Author, Storyteller, Narrator,’’ in Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Vol. 1, No. 3, 1988, pp. 27–36.

Weil, Ellen, and Gary K. Wolfe, Harlan Ellison: The Edge of Forever, Ohio State University Press, 2002, pp. 137–41.

White, Michael D., ‘‘Ellison’s Harlequin: Irrational Action in Static Time,’’ in Science-Fiction Studies, Vol. 4, 1977, pp. 161–65.

Further Reading
Ellison, Harlan, ‘‘Ellison on Ellison,’’ in Locus, Vol. 47, No. 1, July 2001, pp. 6–10. In this article, Ellison reviews his long career, noting changes in his art and in his beliefs, providing an excellent background for the study of his fiction.

Erlich, Richard D., and Thomas P. Dunn, eds., Clockwork Worlds: Mechanized Environments in SF, Greenwood Press, 1983. In addition to including a chapter on Harlan Ellison, this collection of essays considers the larger subject of mechanical environments and science fiction responses to technology.

James, Edward, and Farah Mendlesohn, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction, Cambridge University Press, 2003. This is an excellent collection of essays concerning such topics as gender, politics, and race in sciece fiction as well as illustrating a variety of critical approaches to the genre.

Porter, Andrew, ed. The Book of Ellison, ALGOL Press, 1978. Porter has assembled an introduction by famed science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov, six critical articles, ten essays by Ellison himself, and a nonfiction checklist in this useful book. Although written over two decades ago, it still has merit for the student who wants to know more about Ellison.

Compare and Contrast

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Topics for Further Study

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Media Adaptations

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‘‘‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman’’ was adapted as a graphic novel in 1997 by Ellison and illustrator Rick Berry. The...

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What Do I Read Next?

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Beginning in the 1940s, Isaac Asimov wrote a series of short stories and novels concerning the interaction between robots and humans. Most...

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