Mirrors and Windows - Flying Free: Icarus stories old and new

Kathleen Bailey

Abstract


Kathleen Bailey explores the range of Icarus stories and their commentary on our desire for flight. Icarus flies through the world of story in many guises, breaking free of the strictures of conventional expectations. Sometimes the figure flying high is doomed to plunge to death in the sea, far from the known world. Sometimes Icarus lands safely in the heart of the community, confined by the jeers of his fellows. Whether our protagonist dons wings to escape imprisonment, realize a dream, or even to challenge racist and sexist attitudes, the myth of flying free testifies to the power of the human spirit. 

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680