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Author Tatar, Maria, 1945- author

Title The heroine with 1,001 faces / Maria Tatar
Edition First edition
Published New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2021]


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 MELB  809.9352042 T2165/H  DUE 29-10-22
Description xxvii, 329 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents "Sing, O Muse" : the hero's journey and the heroine's mission -- Silence and speech : from myth to #MeToo -- Resistance and revelation : storytelling and the unsung heroines of fairy tales -- Wonder girls : curious writers and caring detectives -- Detective work : from Nancy Drew to Wonder Woman -- To double duty bound : tricksters and other girls on fire -- Epilogue: Lift-off
Summary "World-renowned folklorist Maria Tatar reveals an astonishing but long buried history of heroines, taking us from Cassandra and Scheherazade to Nancy Drew and Wonder Woman. How do we explain our newfound cultural investment in empathy and social justice? For decades, Joseph Campbell had defined our cultural aspirations in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, emphasizing the value of seeking glory and earning immortality. His work became the playbook for Hollywood, with its many male-centric quest narratives. Challenging the models in Campbell's canonical work, Maria Tatar explores how heroines, rarely wielding a sword and deprived of a pen, have flown beneath the radar even as they have been bent on social missions. Using the domestic arts and storytelling skills, they have displayed audacity, curiosity, and care as they struggled to survive and change the reigning culture. Animating figures from Ovid's Philomela, her tongue severed yet still weaving a tale about sexual assault, to Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander, a high-tech wizard seeking justice for victims of a serial killer, The Heroine with 1,001 Faces creates a luminous arc that takes us from ancient times to the present"-- Provided by publisher
Analysis Sociology: customs & folklore
Literary studies & criticism
Women's studies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Women heroes in literature
Sex role in literature
Women heroes -- Mythology
Women -- Folklore
Heroines in literature.
Genre/Form Literary criticism.
LC no. 2021027536
ISBN 9781631498817
Other Titles Heroine with one thousand one faces
Heroine with a thousand and one faces