From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine's Journey through Myth and Legend

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Many are familiar with Joseph Campbell's theory of the hero's journey, the idea that every man from Moses to Hercules grows to adulthood while battling his alter-ego. This book explores the universal heroine's journey as she quests through world myth. Numerous stories from cultures as varied as Chile and Vietnam reveal heroines who battle for safety and identity, thereby upsetting popular notions of the passive, gentle heroine. Only after she has defeated her dark side and reintegrated can the heroine become the ...

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Overview

Many are familiar with Joseph Campbell's theory of the hero's journey, the idea that every man from Moses to Hercules grows to adulthood while battling his alter-ego. This book explores the universal heroine's journey as she quests through world myth. Numerous stories from cultures as varied as Chile and Vietnam reveal heroines who battle for safety and identity, thereby upsetting popular notions of the passive, gentle heroine. Only after she has defeated her dark side and reintegrated can the heroine become the bestower of wisdom, the protecting queen and arch-crone.

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Editorial Reviews

Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction
an extremely useful primer of women in myths and legends....Frankel has done wonderful work in retrieving and retelling these stories
Mythprint
Frankel's book is so enthusiastically written, so thoroughly researched, and so articulately argued...leaves the reader anticipating each exemplary tale, and longing for further discussion
Mythlore
I recommend From Girl to Goddess highly. Frankel's truly global choice of tales and her analysis of them is outstanding. It is a book to turn to for deepening one's understanding of myths and stories about women and their underlying structures
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786448319
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/19/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 714,157
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Valerie Estelle Frankel has been a storyteller, an award-winning novelist, and a lecturer at San Jose State University. The author of 30 books on popular culture and more than 100 stories and essays, she lives in Sunnyvale, California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction 1

Section I: Steps of the Journey 11

Growing Up: The Ordinary World 13

1 Whispers in the Darkness: The Call to Adventure 15

The Wild Swans (Denmark)

2 Sleeping Beauty's Chrysalis: The Refusal of the Call 24

BrĂșnnhild and the Ring of the Nibelung (Germany)

3 All the Better to Guide You With, My Dear: The Mentor 33

Tam and Cam (Vietnam)

4 Dude, Where's My Sword? The Talisman 44

The Cauldron of Cerridwen (Wales)

Journey Through The Unconscious 53

5 Crossing Over: The First Threshold 55

Hina, the Fairy Voyager (Samoa)

6 Where the Wild Things Are: Allies and Enemies 63

Ix Chel (Maya)

Meeting The Other 71

7 Taming the Beast: The Shapechanger as Lover 73

Tam Lin (Scotland)

8 Unholy Marriage: Confronting the Father 85

Tattercoats (Germany)

9 The Deepest Crime: Abuse and Healing 94

The Armless Maiden (Xhosa, South Africa)

10 "With This Ring...": Sacred Marriage 104

Scheherazade and Dunyzd (Middle East)

Facing The Self 115

11 The Endless Summons: Descent into Darkness 117

The Myth of Inanna (Sumeria)

12 I'll Get You, My Pretty! Confronting the Deadly Mother 127

Coatlicue (Aztec)

13 Ceasefire with the Self: Healing the Wounded Shadow 135

"Medusa" by Louise Bogan (America)

14 The Elixir of Life: Reward 144

The Lion's Whisker (Sudan)

15 Of Carpets and Slippers: Flight and Return 148

Baba Yaga (Russia)

Goddesshood And Wholeness 157

16 Forever Cycling: Rebirth 159

Changing Woman (Navaho)

17 Apotheosis: Mistress of Both Worlds 166

Demeter and Persephone (Greece)

Section II: Archetypes 173

Rising Moon: Maiden 179

18 Smart Girls Rule! The Adolescent Questor 181

Golden Lotus (China)

19 Don't Bet on the Princess: The Prize 189

The Tale of Deirdre (Ireland)

20 Mu Lan's Sisterhood: The Warrior Woman 197

The Rabbit Huntress (Zuni)

21 Sword and Shield: The Warrior Lover 204

Anat and Baal (Ugarit)

22 Sisters: Lesbianism in Folklore 212

Bearskin Woman and Grizzly Woman (Blackfoot)

23 The Right to Choose: The Seductress 220

The Marriage of Aphrodite (Greece)

Full Moon: Mother 231

24 The Other Right to Choose: The Thwarted Mother 233

Crystal the Wise (Chile)

25 Strength and Honor Clothe Her: The Wife 240

Isis and Osiris (Egypt)

26 Don't Heroines Get a Break from Those 3a.m. Feedings? The Triumphant Mother 246

The Female Shaman (Siberia)

27 Earth and Sea Incarnate: The Great Goddess 254

Pele and Hi'iaka (Hawaii)

28 Divorcing Anima: The Goddess Sublimated 260

Izanagi and Izanami (Japan)

29 Double Double: The Terrible Mother 268

La Llorona (Mexico)

Waning Moon: Crone 275

30 Knives in the Dark: The Destroyer 277

The Birth of Kali (India)

31 Source of All Answers: The Wisewoman 285

The Old Woman and the Devil (Palestine)

32 Mrs. Fox and Her Cronies: The Trickster 295

A Woman of Valor (Persia)

New Moon: Spirit Guardian 301

33 Unearthly Guardian: The Protector 303

The Witch in the Stone Boat (Iceland)

34 Coming Full Circle: Rebirth 310

Copper Woman (Nuu-chah-nulth, Vancouver Island)

Final Thoughts 317

Appendix: Aarne-Thompson Folktale Types 319

Notes 327

Bibliography 345

Index 355

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    This book is an excellent read for anyone interested in mytholog

    This book is an excellent read for anyone interested in mythology and fairytales. Not only does this book focus on stories of the heroine, it focuses on the heroine from a wide variety of cultures across the globe. Each story is first told in its entirety and then examined. Instead of being organized by country, the stories are separated into the types of journeys the hero, or in this case heroine, takes. There is also a section on archetypes, giving stories that exemplify the different types of female archetypes in fairytales. This book is perfect for anyone looking for a new view on fairytales.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Lykki

    Really? It's called greek mythology and you should know that it's pretty common to see pictures like that.

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    The pictures on the cover should be blotted out or rated R. If ur into this stuff u can get it or not. Your choice. I havent read it and i dont really want to because of the cover. But the people who are reading this, u need to make ur own decisions. K ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

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    Why is there a naked girl on the cover!? AKWARD!!

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