Transformation of the myth of the Minotaur in “Gene” by Stel Pavlou

Keywords: fantasy, memory, Minotaur, concept, Shadow, interpretation, myth.


Fantasy of the XXI century becomes more attentive to the socio-political realities of our time. The resultant vector of the genre's problematic spectrum becomes a widely understood problem of memory - from generic, national civilization. The genre potential of fantasy gives the writer high opportunities, primarily mythological. Stel Pavlou interprets the issues of personal and cultural memory in an original way, touches the actual problem of the “beast” in man in the novel “Gene” - a representative work of Minotaurianism of the first decades of the XXI century. The purpose of our article is to determine for the first time the features of the author's version (associative model) of the Minotaur myth in the novel “Gene” by S. Pavlou against the background of the typology of modern Minotaurians, the specifics of the author's picture of the world and the accompanying philosophical subtext. In the interpretation of the key legendary-mythological image "Gene" we turn to the teaching of C. G. Jung. We show that the reinterpretation of the Minotaur's image is organically relevant to modern trends, actualizing the question of the meaning of existence, memory, man's choice of the future. In "Gene," man comprehends his essence (the Minotaur as unconscious) and recognizes the animal in himself as evil, suffers disappointment in himself and history, but must endure through love and forgiveness. We see the precondition for this original approach in Minotauri in the universalization in the twentieth century. (J. L. Borges, R. Sheckley, S. Sherrill, etc.) of the Image of the Labyrinth. Further study of the prose of S. Pavlou promising as an important component of the new world fantasy.


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Author Biography

Andrey Gurduz, Berdyansk State Pedagogical University Ukraine, Ukraine.

Candidate of Philological Sciences Associate Professor Doctoral Student at Department of Ukrainian and Foreign Literature and Comparative Studies Berdyansk State Pedagogical University Ukraine, Ukraine.


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How to Cite
Gurduz, A. (2021). Transformation of the myth of the Minotaur in “Gene” by Stel Pavlou. Amazonia Investiga, 10(46), 290-302.