Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism

Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism

by Cathy Gere


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226289540
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 04/30/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Cathy Gere is assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of The Tomb of Agamemnon.

Table of Contents


I. The Birth of Tragedy, 1822-1897
An Archaeology of Heroes
A Prophecy of Tragedy
What Ariadne Is

II. Stand Up Tragedy, 1851-1899
The Dry Smell of Time
Eastern Questions
The Road to the Labyrinth
Greek Defeat
Reconstructing the Nation

III. Ariadne's Lament
Ariadne's Throne
The Great Cretan Mother
Ariadne's Dancing Floor
The Making of a Goddess
The Villa Ariadne
Cretan Victory
Ariadne in Chirico City

IV. The Concrete Labyrinth, 1914-1935
The Throne Room Complex
Captain of the Blacks
Court Ladies
Priest-King and Cowgirls
Lost Boys
The Lady of Sports
The Magic Ring
The Psyche Element
Little Souls

V. Psyche's Labyrinth, 1919-1949
Mythical Method
The Decline of Crete
Achilles' Shield
Freudian Archaeology
Psyche's Muse
Crete on the Couch
The Battle of Crete

VI. The Rebirth of Comedy, 1942-1949
Psyche Reborn
Paradise before Eve
Psyche Rewritten
The Consort
New Crete

VII. The Birth of Farce, 1950-2000
Romantic Revivals
The White Goddess
Black Athena
The Road Back to War



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Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Shrike58 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This cultural history of the impact Arthur Evan's fanciful interpretations of the Minoan remains at Knossos is essentially a study of how assorted cultural figures, mostly in the shadow of Nietzsche, took the enigmatic remains of the Minoans and ran with them to come up with a critique of an unsatisfactory modernity. Apart from Evans himself, such players as James Joyce, Peter Graves, Hilda Doolittle, Freud, Marija Gimbutas, and Martin Bernal are examined in this study, with particular note being taken of how Evans' image of Minoan culture inspired prophetic rhetoric of varying degrees of dottiness. One gathers that the author came to scoff but stayed to wonder at the phenomena of it all.Also, one might imagine the author extending her study, considering the propensity of British archaeologists of the first half of the twentieth century to take the archaeological remains of such cultures as Amarna Period Egypt and the Classical Maya and build utopian vistas on them that were ultimately overturned.
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