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Announcing The Release Of From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey in Myth and Legend by Valerie Estelle Frankel

Front cover of From Girl to Goddess by Valerie Estelle FrankelMany 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 dark alter-ego. Now From Girl to Goddess explores the universal heroine’s journey in ancient tales from Chile to China, upsetting popular notions of the passive, helpless girl. The questing heroine, whether a Samoan mermaid or Mayan moon goddess, seeks enlightenment and strength through a quest of ordeals leading to symbolic death. Rather than a sword, she wields magic slippers, a mirror, a chalice. Only after she has defeated her dark side, the wicked witch, can the young woman grow into a bestower of wisdom, the protecting queen and arch-crone, in this universal journey.

From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey in Myth and Legend is new from McFarland and Co. (Fall/Winter 2011, $35.00, ISBN 978-0-7864-4831-9). It is available on Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Google Books, and other popular book channels. This is the first and only book to present the classic heroine’s journey step by step through world myth, just as Joseph Campbell did for the hero in his groundbreaking The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

The book analyzes the heroine all across the world, examining her step-by-step trials in tales from the beloved Vietnamese Cinderella and Scottish Tam Lin to the crone-goddesses Spider Grandmother and Copper Woman. This includes many rare feminine epics, which until recently were preserved only in oral history. The accompanying website offers an extensive booklist, charts, resources, and an interactive heroine’s journey wheel at www.vefrankel.com. Marketed for an academic readership under Humanities/Mythology and Women’s Studies, this book is an essential tool for feminists, folklorists, fantasy fans, powerful women, and readers and writers from all disciplines.

From Girl to Goddess
The Heroine’s Journey through Myth and Legend
Valerie Estelle Frankel

Release Date: Fall/Winter 2010

List price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-7864-4831-9

Category: Humanities/Mythology, Interdisciplinary Studies/Women’s Studies

Pages: 376

Format: Softcover

Contents: folklore index, notes, bibliography, index

Author website: www.vefrankel.com

Table of Contents & Excerpts at www.McFarlandpub.com

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