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

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McFarland, Oct 19, 2010 - Social Science - 376 pages
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"An extremely useful primer of women in myths and legends...Frankel has done wonderful work in retrieving and retelling these stories."--Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction

"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."--Mythprint

"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."--Mythlore

"Explores the heroine's journey and how it differs from the hero's by examining women's mythology from all over the world."

"Gathers stories from around the world representing the heroine's journey."--Reference & Research Book News

"Ever first novel, I have wanted this book."--Romance Writers of America

"Frankel draws a connection between the heroines in contemporary fantasy fiction for children and young adults to the heroines from world mythology."--Children's Literature Association Quarterly

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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User Review  - lewisbookreviews - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - DonnaKanter - LibraryThing

Who knew those familiar fairy tales we all grew up with as children could be so relevant, enlightening teens and adults to the workings of our modern world? Laced with familiar and not so familiar ... Read full review


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Valerie Estelle Frankel is a storyteller and award-winning novelist. The author of four recent books on popular culture and more than 100 stories and essays, she lives in Sunnyvale, California.

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