Postmodern Literary Labyrinths: Spaces of Horror Reimagined.
Authors: Cox, K.
Editors: Corstorphine, K. and Kremmel, L.
A notable feature of postmodern literary labyrinths is the sustained engagement with Cretan mythology. Drawing on the labyrinth as a metaphor for the text’s construction, postmodern labyrinths are textual, architectural and anthropomorphic. They form a ritualized horrorspace (Botting 2015) that suggests an inevitable confrontation with the textual body. This is essay explores these features of the postmodern labyrinth through analysis of Angela Carter’s The Passion of New Eve (1977) and Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves (2000).