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General Reading - Philosophical & Literary Studies

The labyrinth has long been a subject for philosophical debate and symbolic metaphor. The following studies are recommended reading for those wishing to explore further:

The Labyrinth in Culture and Society

Jacques Attali
North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 1999.

Historically muddled study of the philosophy and function of mazes and labyrinths, but despite numerous factual errors the conclusions are none the less thought provoking.

Il Labirinto Metrico di Oronzo Pasquale Macri

Cosimo Giannuzzi
Congedo Editore, Lecce, Italy, 2004

Italian-language study of metrical labyrinth manuscripts - verses and texts formed as printed labyrinths, often with various interpretations according to how they are read. Fascinating material with a long tradition throughout Europe.

Solved by Walking

Mary Hackworth
Amazon, 2012.

A lively analysis of the labyrinth as literary symbol, from Greek mythology through to modern times.

The Labyrinth: Symbol of Fear, Rebirth, and Liberation

Helmut Jaskolski
Shambhala, Boston, Massachusetts and London, 1997.

Well researched, this reflective and playful study of the labyrinth motif ranging from ancient myths, mediaeval tales to modern fiction is well worth reading.

The Mystic Spiral - Journey of the Soul

Jill Purce
Thames and Hudson, London, 1974.

Nicely illustrated introductory study of spirals and labyrinthine patterns in artistic and spiritual traditions from around the world.

Rosegarden and Labyrinth

Seonaid M. Robertson
Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1963. 2nd edition, 1981.

A classic exploration of art therapy, with sections on the theme of labyrinths, protective enclosures and gardens.

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