The Rebirth of Comedy, 1942–1949

in Knossos & the Prophets of Modernism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780226289533
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226289557 | DOI:
The Rebirth of Comedy, 1942–1949

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This chapter reviews the Minoan adventures of Hilda Doolittle and Robert Graves during and immediately after the Second World War. Doolittle and Graves were responsible for shepherding the more Dionysian fragments of Arthur Evans's Cretan pacifism across the apocalyptic wasteland of the Second World War. The Cretan material from “The Majic Ring” is united with the Psyche symbol that Doolittle borrowed from Arthur Evans to create an archetype of female defiance in the face of the insanity of war. “The Majic Ring” explores of one of the most painful, recurring themes of Doolittle's life. Seven Days in New Crete is founded upon a premise that Graves had begun to delineate in a 1937 antiwar manifesto. Doolittle and Graves survived their brushes with death only to find themselves enduring another global conflagration, and also recreated Minoan Crete as the goddess-worshipping Atlantis that must surely have existed before humans invented war.

Keywords: Hilda Doolittle; Robert Graves; Second World War; Arthur Evans; Cretan pacifism; Majic Ring; New Crete; Minoan Crete

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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