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The Heroine with 1001 Faces
The Heroine with 1001 Faces | Maria Tatar
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 Campbells 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 Ovids Philomela, her tongue severed yet still weaving a tale about sexual assault, to Stieg Larssons 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.
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SkeletonKey
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Doing some research and…this quote 😂 Men really hated when women said things, huh. Or wrote, in this case.

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Kimberlone
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Mehso-so

Bulk review updates time!

I started reading this in fall of 2021, but my library borrow expired before I finished and had to wait several months to get access again. I found the approach interesting (a feminist take on Joseph Campbell‘s hero mythology framework), but Tatar‘s criticism worked much better when applied to classical mythology and literature. It was much less effective when applied to modern texts (including television heroines).

CaramelLunacy Have you seen Gail Carriger's The Heroine's Journey? Sounds like a similar concept that might resonate better 5mo
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Jen2
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Pickpick

Just fabulous!

TheKidUpstairs Oh, that sounds so good! Stacked! 6mo
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ravenlee
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My Christmas #bookhaul - my in-laws are really good about using a wishlist! I‘m filling out my Olympians collection (somehow I ended up with all the odd numbers😆) and can‘t wait to read the tagged (of course, I don‘t know when I‘ll actually get to it, so I WILL wait…but still…)

And my mom got me this bin. Years ago I told her if I ever opened a used book store this is what I‘d call it.

Merry Christmas and/or happy weekend!

julesG Merry Christmas 🎄☃️ 6mo
Nute Merry Christmas, Anne!💚🌟♥️ 6mo
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BillBlume
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Recently started THE HEROINE WITH 1,001 FACES, and I‘m enjoying it a lot. I‘ve struggled in my reading this, especially in my audiobooks, so this has been a welcome change.

Suet624 I just purchased this one! Excited to read it. 7mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Nonfiction #bookmail today.

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Suet624
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Preordered this one through my independent bookstore. Heard a great review of this one - an alternative to Joseph Campbell‘s work. Women throughout the ages, often without writing utensils or weapons, get the social justice work done.

Bookwomble Sounds fascinating. I do enjoy Campbell, but Hero with a Thousand Faces is definitely androcentric. 10mo
Suet624 @Bookwomble I‘m kind of surprised it‘s taken so long for someone to write this. 10mo
Bookwomble @Suet624 Yes, once you see it it's obvious! But I guess it's the same with most good ideas 🙂 10mo
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