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Cretomania. Modern Desires for the Minoan Past

Cretomania. Modern Desires for the Minoan Past
  • City: London/New York
  • Year: 2016
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Series: British School at Athens-Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies 3
  • Description: Hardback, 215 p., 119 b/w figures, 24x16
  • ISBN: 9781472474995
  • Aegean Library: -

Abstract

Since its rediscovery in the early 20th century, through spectacular finds such as those by Sir Arthur Evans at Knossos, Minoan Crete has captured the imagination not only of archaeologists but also of a wider public. This is shown, among other things, by its appearance and uses in a variety of modern cultural practices: from the innovative dances of Sergei Diaghilev and Ted Shawn, to public and vernacular architecture, psychoanalysis, literature, sculpture, fashion designs, and even neo-pagan movements, to mention a few examples.

Cretomania is the first volume entirely devoted to such modern responses to (and uses of) the Minoan past. Although not an exhaustive and systematic study of the reception of Minoan Crete, it offers a wide range of intriguing examples and represents an original contribution to a thus far underexplored aspect of Minoan studies: the remarkable effects of Minoan Crete beyond the narrow boundaries of recondite archaeological research.

The volume is organised in three main sections: the first deals with the conscious, unconscious, and coincidental allusions to Minoan Crete in modern architecture, and also discusses archaeological reconstructions; the second presents examples from the visual and performing arts (as well as other cultural practices) illustrating how Minoan Crete has been enlisted to explore and challenge questions of Orientalism, religion, sexuality, and gender relations; the third focuses on literature, and shows how the distant Minoan past has been used to interrogate critically more recent Greek history.

Contents

List of figures [ix-xiv]
Preface and acknowledgements [xv-xvi]

Introduction: Cretomania - desiring the Minoan past in the present [1-13]
Nicoletta Momigliano

PART I CRETOMANIA AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT - CONSCIOUS, UNCONSCIOUS AND COINCIDENTAL ALLUSIONS IN MODERN ARCHITECTURE AND RECONSTRUCTIONS

Orthochronicity and its (dis)contents: Cretomania and Frank Lloyd Wright [17-23]
Donald Preziosi

Identity and freedom: some observations on Minoan and contemporary Greek architecture [25-38]
Dimitri Philippides & Odysseas Sgouros

The artistic reception of Minoan Crete in the period of Art Deco: the reconstruction of the palace at Knossos ... and why Arthur Evans was right [39-68]
Fritz Blakolmer

PART II CRETOMANIA IN THE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS, AND OTHER CULTURAL PRACTICES

The Minoan woman as the Oriental woman: Mariano Fortuny’s Knossos scarves and Ruth St. Denis [71-83]
Ilaria Caloi

From Russia with love: Minoan Crete and the Russian Silver Age [84-110]
Nicoletta Momigliano

Lord of the dance: Ted Shawn’s Gnossienne and its Minoan context [111-123]
Christine Morris

The ocean liner Aramis: a voyage to the land of Minos and Art Deco [124-156]
Anais Boucher

Cretomania and neo-paganism: the Great Mother Goddess and gay male identity in the Minoan Brotherhood [157-170]
Bryan E. Burns

PART III CRETOMANIA IN LITERATURE - DIALOGUES WITH RHEA GALANAKI

Minoans and the postmodern critique of national history: two novels by Rhea Galanaki [173-179]
Roderick Beaton

Rhea Galanaki’s The Century of Labyrinths: a dialogue between literature and archaeology that starts with Minos Kalokairinos [180-188]
Katerina Kopaka

Growing up next door to Knossos and ‘the other Ariadne’ [189-194]
Rhea Galanaki

Afterword by Michael Fotiadis [195-201]
List of contributors and abstracts [202-207]
Index [209-215]


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