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Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism

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In the spring of 1900, British archaeologist Arthur Evans began to excavate the palace of Knossos on Crete, bringing ancient Greek legends to life just as a new century dawned amid far-reaching questions about human history, art, and culture. With Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism, Cathy Gere relates the fascinating story of Evansand#8217;s excavation and its long-term effects on Western culture. After the World War I left the Enlightenment dream in tatters, the lost paradise that Evans offered in the concrete labyrinthand#8212;pacifist and matriarchal, pagan and cosmicand#8212;seemed to offer a new way forward for writers, artists, and thinkers such as Sigmund Freud, James Joyce, Giorgio de Chirico, Robert Graves, and Hilda Doolittle.and#160;

Assembling a brilliant, talented, and eccentric cast at a moment of tremendous intellectual vitality and wrenching change, Cathy Gere paints an unforgettable portrait of the age of concrete and the birth of modernism.

Synopsis:

In the spring of 1900, British archaeologist Arthur Evans began to excavate the palace of Knossos on Crete, bringing ancient Greek legends to life just as a new century dawned amid far-reaching questions about human history, art, and culture. With Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism, Cathy Gere relates the fascinating story of Evanss excavation and its long-term effects on Western culture. After the World War I left the Enlightenment dream in tatters, the lost paradise that Evans offered in the concrete labyrinthpacifist and matriarchal, pagan and cosmicseemed to offer a new way forward for writers, artists, and thinkers such as Sigmund Freud, James Joyce, Giorgio de Chirico, Robert Graves, and Hilda Doolittle. 

Assembling a brilliant, talented, and eccentric cast at a moment of tremendous intellectual vitality and wrenching change, Cathy Gere paints an unforgettable portrait of the age of concrete and the birth of modernism.

About the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

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 ofand#160;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

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226289540
Author:
Gere, Cathy
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 halftones
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , In the spring of 1900, British archaeologist Arthur Evans began to excavate the palace of Knossos on Crete, bringing ancient Greek legends to life just as a new century dawned amid far-reaching questions about human history, art, and culture. With Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism, Cathy Gere relates the fascinating story of Evanss excavation and its long-term effects on Western culture. After the World War I left the Enlightenment dream in tatters, the lost paradise that Evans offered in the concrete labyrinthpacifist and matriarchal, pagan and cosmicseemed to offer a new way forward for writers, artists, and thinkers such as Sigmund Freud, James Joyce, Giorgio de Chirico, Robert Graves, and Hilda Doolittle. 

Assembling a brilliant, talented, and eccentric cast at a moment of tremendous intellectual vitality and wrenching change, Cathy Gere paints an unforgettable portrait of the age of concrete and the birth of modernism.

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