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Book Title: The Heroine's Journey|
The author of the book: Maureen Murdock
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 363 KB
Date of issue: June 23rd 1990
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Read full description of the books The Heroine's Journey:This book is DATED. Which is interesting because it was published 18 years ago. It's kind of wild that a book like this can seem so old because it indicates to me that quite a lot has happened in the last 18 years. This book came out when I was beginning my most radical feminist years and if I'd read it then, I'd probably have loved it. But the issues in it now seem like they are of another time, in a way. This is not to say that women don't still struggle with the balance of having it all or how to negotiate the masculine and the feminine but it seems like those issues are a lot more complex than this book makes them out to be. This may be generational as well. The women in generations before mine had to fight their way into the workplace at all. My generation takes that for granted.
This book makes a case for wounded femininity and a need for returning to the Great Mother. It's full of dreams that the author had and narratives of women's dreams about encountering images like the "dark woman" (a concept I found disturbingly racist.) Maybe I've leaned a little too far toward the masculine drive or something but this kind of stuff kind of gets on my nerves. Maybe it's just because I'm hungry for someone to REALLY lay out a heroine's journey, to really take on the feminine experience of the mythic structure and not just some "let's remember to honor our mother, Gaia" song.
Maybe that's my book to write! And maybe I will. And 18 years from now some snarky contemporary feminist will find it strangely dated.
Read information about the authorMaureen Murdock is an author, educator, Jungian-oriented psychotherapist and photographer. Maureen teaches memoir writing, which she loves, through UCLA Extension Writers' Program and in workshops throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. She has a small private psychotherapy practice in Santa Barbara and was Chair and Core faculty of the MA Counseling Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara and adjunct faculty in the Depth Psychology Department at Sonoma State University. Murdock blogs about mental illness, addiction and incarceration and participates in Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) as a volunteer in prisons.
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