Mistress of the Maze is a novel interrogating the ideas of heroism celebrated in ancient Greek mythology through the lens of two kinds of characters not often given a voice in these myths. A retelling of the Minotaur, the maze, and Theseus, the novel follows a young Ariadne as she struggles to find her place among a family of heroes. As she grows up, she must navigate the grief of losing those she loves, the gradual and seemingly inevitable unraveling of her family, and the many kinds of heroism presented to her—and find true heroism where she least expects it. But in order to save anyone, she must first decide what real heroism means and act on it herself. Even if it means giving up everything she knows and loves to do so.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Masters Thesis (Campus-only Access)
Lochner, Caitlin, "Mistress of the Maze" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 91.
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