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Minos and the ModernsCretan Myth in Twentieth-Century Literature and Art$
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Theodore Ziolkowski

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195336917

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336917.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Modernity of Myth

Conclusion: The Modernity of Myth

(p.165) 5 Conclusion: The Modernity of Myth
Minos and the Moderns

Theodore Ziolkowski

Oxford University Press

The conclusion summarizes the manners in which the economic, aesthetic, psychological, and anthropological re-visions enabled precisely these three myths to be taken up as a mirror of the modern consciousness and suggests the essential modernity of myth as a vehicle for such ideas as sexual liberation, alienation, totalitarianism, technology, and personal liberation. It reviews the many forms and genres assumed from case to case by the three Cretan myths and concludes that their permeation of so many defining works of 20th-century literature, art, and musical drama convincingly demonstrates the remarkable resilience and modernity of ancient myth.

Keywords:   mythic re-visions, modern consciousness, sexual liberation, alienation, totalitarianism, technology, personal liberation, modernity of myth

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