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Minos and the Moderns: Cretan Myth in Twentieth-Century Literature and Art

Theodore Ziolkowski


This book considers three mythological complexes that enjoyed a unique surge of interest in 20th-century European literature, art, and music. While many works deal with the literary use of myth—a subject of growing interest in recent decades—it is conspicuous that most of them ignore the three myths that are identified with the island of Crete and linked by the figure of the legendary King Minos: Europa and the bull (his parents), the minotaur (his stepson) and the labyrinth, and Daedalus and Icarus (his subjects). The book adduces the ideas of such precursors of modernism as Marx, Nietzsche, ... More

Keywords: revitalization of myth, King Minos, Europa and bull, minotaur, labyrinth, Daedalus, Icarus, precursors of modernism, secondary myth, mythic adaptation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195336917
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336917.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theodore Ziolkowski, author
Princeton University