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Fortuna, Diane. "The Art of the Labyrinth." Critical Essays on James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Ed. Brady, Philip;
Carens, James F.
Critical Essays on British Literature. New York:
G.K. Hall; London: Prentice Hall International,
D2 3477. Meticulous analysis of the structural and symbolic role of the myth of Daedalus and the Minoan minotaur in P. Summarizes the explosion of interest and documentation following the discovery in 1900 of the actual Cretan site of Minos's labyrinth. An extended close reading follows Stephen through numerous examples of labyrinths as sites of ritual death and rebirth through stages of his life. In the center of the book (111, Anderson) is a bovine god. The bird girl represents an Ariadne to Stephen's Theseus, giving him the thread of art with which he can escape.
Fortuna, Diane. "The Labyrinth as Controlling Image in Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man." Bulletin of the New York Public Library,