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The Heroine with 1001 Faces by Maria Tatar
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The Heroine with 1001 Faces

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Narrator Julie McKay
Length 12 hours 9 minutes
Language English
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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 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.

Maria Tatar is the John L. Loeb Professor and a senior fellow at Harvard University. The editor of the Norton Critical Edition of The Classic Fairy Tales and The Annotated Brothers Grimm, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Julie McKay is a Los Angeles-based narrator with New York roots, a degree in music, and a background in classical theater. As a musician, she has sung professionally in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. As an actor, she has worked at Shakespeare festivals and regional theaters across the country as well as Off-Broadway in New York. A wild reader all her life, Julie loves entering the world of a book and bringing it to life for the listener. She is also a passionate home baker and enjoys traveling and exploring new places. In her spare time, Julie and her husband foster and train rescue dogs.

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