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

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

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by Valerie Estelle Frankel
     
 

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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,

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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 bestower of wisdom, the protecting queen and arch-crone.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786448319
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
10/19/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
690,841
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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From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine's Journey through Myth and Legend 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LewisBookReviews More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
Really? It's called greek mythology and you should know that it's pretty common to see pictures like that.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is there a naked girl on the cover!? AKWARD!!