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The Heroine’s Journey

in Myth

Frankel , Valerie Estelle. From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine's Journey through Myth and Legend.  McFarland, 2010.

--. A Girl's Guide to the Heroine's Journey. Spero Press, 2013


in Fantasy

Frankel , Valerie Estelle. Buffy and the Heroine's Journey: Vampire Slayer as Feminine Chosen One. McFarland, 2012.

--. Chosen One: The Heroine’s Journey of Katniss, Elsa, Tris, Bella, and Rey. USA: LitCrit Press, 2016.

 “The Coming of the Chosen One.” Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones (A Deeper Look Into Game of Thrones Book 1). Thought Catalog, 2013.

--. Doctor Who and the Hero’s Journey, The Doctor and Companions as Chosen Ones. USA: LitCrit Press, 2013.

--. “The Heroine’s Journey” Choosing to be Insurgent or Allegiant: Symbols, Themes and Analysis of the Divergent Trilogy. USA: LitCrit Press, 2013.

--.  “The Heroine’s Journey from Fray to Wonder Woman.” The Comics of Joss Whedon: Critical Essays. Ed. Valerie Estelle Frankel. McFarland, 2015.

--. “Katniss the Chosen One and Theseus the Hero” The Many Faces of Katniss Everdeen: Exploring the Heroine of the Hunger Games. Zossima Press, 2013.

--. “Rey’s Heroine’s Journey.” A Rey of Hope: Feminism, Symbolism and Hidden Gems in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. USA: LitCrit Press, 2016.

--. “Tessa’s Heroine’s Journey.”; “Clary’s Heroine’s Journey” Myths and Motifs of The Mortal Instruments. Zossima Press, 2013.

--. “Traversing the Heroine’s Journey: Agents of SHIELDThe Avengers Face Their Dark Sides: Mastering the Myth-Making behind the Marvel Superheroes. USA: LitCrit Press, 2015.

Franklin, Nicole. “The Hero’s Journey vs. The Heroine’s Journey: Rewriting Privilege.” Good Men Project, 7 Dec 2014.  https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/heros-journey-vs-heroines-journey-rewriting-privilege/

Kyle, Catherine Bailey. “Her Story, Too; Final Fantasy X, revolutionary Girl Utena, and the Feminist Hero's Journey.” Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014.

McCarthy, Patti. “The Heroine’s Journey: Claire Beauchamp Reclaims the Feminine.” Adoring Outlander: Essays on Fandom, Genre and the Female Audience. Ed. Valerie Estelle Frankel. McFarland, 2016.

Priester, B.J. “The Heroine’s Journey: Defining Concepts.” FanGirlBlog, Mar 2012. http://fangirlblog.com/2012/03/the-heroines-journey-defining-concepts/  

--. “The Heroine's Journey; Why Campbell's Model Doesn't Fit.” FanGirlBlog, Apr 2012. http://fangirlblog.com/2012/04/the-heroines-journey-how-campbells-model-doesnt-fit.

--. “Journey of a Strong Female Heroine: Katniss Everdeen.” FanGirlBlog, 11 Mar 2012 http://fangirlblog.com/2012/03/journey-of-strong-female-heroine-katniss-everdeen/

--.  Rey and the Hero’s Journey in The Force Awakens.” FanGirlBlog,Feb 2016. http://fangirlblog.com/2016/02/hyperspace-theories-special-edition-rey-and-the-heros-journey-in-the-force-awakens/

Taking The Heroine’s Journey: How This Often Overlooked Storytelling Pattern Works, Using Tangled and Dragon Age 2 As Examples. (Part One.)” FlutieBear,  11 May 2012. http://flutiebear.tumblr.com/post/22840957119/taking-the-heroines-journey-how-this-often


in Contemporary Psychology/Mainstream Literature

McCord, Molly. The Modern Heroine's Journey of Consciousness (The Awakening Consciousness Series) (Volume 2). Spirituality University Press, 2013.

Murdock, Maureen. The Heroine's Journey, Woman's Quest for Wholeness. Boston & London: Shambhala, 1990.

--. The Heroine's Journey Workbook. Boston & London: Shambhala, 1998.

Pearson, Carol and Pope, Katherine. The Female Hero in American and British Literature. New York &London: R.R. Bowker and Company, 1981.

Russell, Sharon. Innocence to Wholeness: Journey of the Heroine. Pink Moment Productions, 2013.

Stover, Sara Avant. The Book of SHE: Your Heroine's Journey into the Heart of Feminine Power. New World Library, 2015. 

Thurston, Haley. “The Heroine’s Journey.” Ribbon Farm, 28 Jan 2015 http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2015/01/28/the-heroines-journey.


Feminist Myth and Fairytale Analysis

Ashe, Geoffrey, The Virgin Mary’s Cult, and the Reemergence of the Sacred (New York: Arcana, 1988).

Bly, Robert and Marion Woodman, The Maiden King (Henry Holt and Co, New York, 1998).

Bolen, Jean Shinoda, Goddesses in Everywoman (New York: Quill, 2004).

Bottigheimer, Ruth B., ed., Fairy Tales and Society (Philadelphia: U of Philadelphia P, 1986).

Caldecott, Moyra, Women in Celtic Myth (Rochester, Vermont: Destiny Books, 1988).

Caputi, Jane, Gossips, Gorgons, and Crones (Santa Fe: Bear and Co., 1993).

Cashford, Jules, Anne Baring, and Laurens Van Der Post, The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image (USA: Arkana, 1993).

Christ, Carol P., “Why Women Need the Goddess” in Womanspirit Rising: A Feminist Reader in Religion, eds. C. Christ and J. Plaskow (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1979), 273-87.

Coffin, Tristram Potter, The Female Hero in Folklore and Legend. (Seabury Press: New York, 1975).

Cohen, Betsy, The Snow White Syndrome (USA: Jove, 1989).

Condren, Mary, The Serpent and the Goddess (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1989).

Culpepper, Emily Erwin, “Gorgons: A Face for Contemporary Women’s Rage,” Woman of Power 3 (Winter/Spring 1986): 22-25.

Dinnerstein, Dorothy, The Mermaid and the Minotaur (USA: Other Press, 1999).

Douglas, Susan J., Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media (New York: Crown, 1994).

Eisler, Riane, The Chalice and the Blade (USA: HarperOne, 1988).

Erich Neumann, The Great Mother (USA: Kessinger Publishing, 2004).

Estés, Clarissa Pinkola, Women Who Run With the Wolves (New York: Ballantine Books, 1992).

Farrer, Claire R., Women and Folklore: Images and Genres (Illinois: Waveland Press, 1975).

Geha, Richard, “For the Love Of Medusa,” Psychoanalytic Review 62, no.1 (1975).

Geoffrey Ashe, The Virgin, Mary’s Cult, and the Reemergence of the Sacred (New York, Arcana, 1988).

George, Demetra, Mysteries of the Dark Moon: The Healing Power of the Dark Goddess (USA: HarperCollins, 1992).

Girardot, N.J., “Initiation and Meaning in the Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Journal of American Folklore (1977): 90.

Gluck, Sherna, “What’s So Special About Women? Women’s Oral His-tory,” Frontiers 2, no. 2 (1977): 3-17, 5.

Gould, Joan, Spinning Straw into Gold (New York: Random House, 2005).

Haase, Donald, Fairy Tales and Feminism: New Approaches (Series in Fairy-Tale Studies) (Detroit: Wayne State U P, 2004).

Hall, Nor, The Moon and the Virgin: Reflections on the Archetypal Feminine (New York: Harper & Row, 1980).

Harding. M. Esther, The Way of All Women (New York: Putnam’s, for the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytic Psychology, 1970).

---, Women’s Mysteries Ancient and Modern (New York: Harper & Row, 1971).

Harrison, Jane Ellen, Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion (London: Merlin Press, 1903, 1962).

Harvey, Andrew & Anne Baring, The Divine Feminine (Berkeley, CA: Conari Press, 1996).

Hawley, John S. and Donna M. Wulff, eds. Devi: Goddesses of India (Berkeley: U of California P, 1996).

Husain, Shahrukh, The Goddess (USA: Little, Brown, and Co., 1997).

Huston, Nancy, “The Matrix of War: Mothers and Heroes,” in The Female Body in Western Culture, ed. Susan Rubin Suleiman, 119-36 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard U P, 1986).

Jung, Emma and M-L. von Franz, The Grail Legend, trans. Andrea Dykes (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1970).

Jurich, Marilyn, Scheherazade's Sisters: Trickster Heroines and Their Stories in World Literature (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998).

Kerenyi, Karl, Eleusis: An Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter, trans. Ralph Manheim (New York: Schocken Books, 1977).

Kinsley, David, Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine (India: Motilal Banarsidass, 1987).

Kolbenschlag, Madonna, Kiss Sleeping Beauty Goodbye (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1979).

Lao, Meri, Seduction and the Secret Power of Women: The Lure of Sirens and Mermaids, trans. John Oliphant (Rochester, Vermont: Park Street Press, 1998).

Larrington, Carolyne, ed., The Feminist Companion to Mythology (Great Britain: Pandora Press, 1992).

Leavy, Barbara Fass, In Search of the Swan Maiden (New York: New York U P, 1994).

Luthi, Max, Once Upon a Time: On the Nature of Fairy Tales, trans. Lee Chadeayne and Paul Gottwald (New York: Fredrick Ungar, 1970).

Lyons, Heather, “Some Second Thoughts on Sexism in Fairy Tales,” Literature and Learning (London: Ward Lock: Open U P, 1978), 42-58.

Minard, Rosemary, Womenfolk and Fairy Tales (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1975).

Monaghan, Patricia, The Book of Goddesses and Heroines (New York: Dutton, 1981).

Neumann, Erich, Amor and Psyche: The Psychic Development of the Feminine, trans. Ralph Manheim, Bollingen Series 54 (Princeton: Princeton U P, 1956).

Noble, Vicki, “The Dark Goddess: Remembering the Sacred,” Women of Power 12 (Winter 1989).

Olds, Linda E., “The Neglected Feminine: Promises and Perils,” Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal 69, no. 3 (1986): 226-40.

Paradiz, Valerie, Clever Maids: The Secret History of the Grimm Fairy Tales (New York: Basic Books, 2005).

Perera, Silvia Brinton, Descent to the Goddess (Canada: Inner City Books, 1981).

Potter, Tristram, The Female Hero in Folklore and Legend (Seabury Press: New York, 1975).

 Reis, Patricia, “The Dark Goddess,” Woman of Power 8, (Winter 1988): 82.

---, Through the Goddess: A Woman’s Way of Healing (New York: Continuum Publishing Co., 1991).

 Rowe, Karen E., “Feminism and Fairytales,” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 6 (1979): 237-257.

Ruether, Rosemary Radford, ed., Religion and Sexism (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1974).  

Schaefer, Carol, Grandmothers Counsel the World (USA: Random House, 2006).

Sharma, Arvind and Katherine K. Young, eds., Feminism and World Religions (USA: State U of New York P, 1999).

 Spretnak, Charlene, Lost Goddesses of Early Greece: A Collection of Pre-Hellenic Myths (USA: Beacon Press, 1992).

Starbird, Margaret, The Woman with the Alabaster Jar (USA: Inner Traditions, 1993).

Starhawk and Hilary Valentine, The Twelve Wild Swans (USA: HarperCollins, 2000).

 Stone, Kay F., “Things Walt Disney Never Told Us,” Journal of American Folklore 88 (1975): 42-50.

Stone, Merlin, Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood (Boston: Beacon Press, 1990).

---, When God was a Woman (USA: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1976).

 Tatar, Maria M., The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales (Princeton: Princeton U P, 1987).

Von Franz, Marie-Louise, The Feminine in Fairy Tales (Boston: Shambhala, 2001).

---, Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion (New York: Wildman Press, 1983).

---, The Grail Legend, trans. Andrea Dykes (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1970).

---, Individuation in Fairy Tales (Boston: Shambhala, 1990).

Waelti-Walters, Jennifer R., Fairy Tales and the Female Imagination (Montreal, Canada: Eden Press, 1982).

 Walker, Barbara G., “Witches Past and Present,” Freethought Today 25, no. 8 (Oct 2008): 6-7.

---, The Woman’s Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects (San Francisco: Harper, 1988).

Warner, Maria, From the Beast to the Blonde (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1994).

Windling, Terri, ed., The Armless Maiden, And Other Tales for Childhood’s Survivors, (New York: Tor Books, 1996).



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