The Heroine with 1001 Faces
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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.
I read Josephs Campbell’s book, The Hero With 1000 Faces several years ago, and saw how it has been influencing stories since it came out years ago. I’m interested to continue exploring the foundations of the stories we tell and have been telling for years. I read Ebony Elizabeth Thomas’s The Dark Fantastic and Gail Carriger’s The Heroine’s Journey last year, and they were fascinating, making me want to read more. I’m hoping that The Heroine with 1001 Faces will teach me even more.