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Jane Eyre's Sisters: How Women Live and Write the Heroine's Story Paperback – March 1, 2015
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"Provocative, informative, and highly entertaining, Jane Eyre's Sisters is a valuable resource for novelists creating strong and believable female characters." --Lillian Stewart Carl, author of the 'Jean Fairbairn/Alasdair Cameron' mysteries, Reviews
"Finally! We who have been seeking the feminine counterpart to the masculine hero story have reason to rejoice. Aletis, the wandering heroine, is an archetypal treasure who's been with us all along, and I am deeply grateful to Jody Gentian Bower, a brilliant new pioneer in the wilderness of the soul, for introducing her in this groundbreaking book." --Jean Benedict Raffa, author of The Bridge to Wholeness, Dream Theatres of the Soul, and Healing the Sacred Divide, Reviews
"This is a book full of those wonderful moments of familiarity that spring upon us when we find a story exactly like something we have experienced in our own lives. When women read Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, for example, we find inspiration in her rebellion against her poverty and femaleness. When her determined sense of self brings her, at last, to a marvelous outcome, we rejoice with her, wondering if we can make it too. Jody Bower's many examples of women who wander 'from place to place searching for love or freedom or answers,' drawn from novels and stories, myths and folk tales, genre fiction and popular culture, women's biography and autobiography, make her book a treasure trove of epiphany and identification. Women, and men who genuinely desire to understand the true shape of women's lives, will find Bower's discernment of the differences between the journey of the male hero as outlined by Joseph Campbell and the heroine's wanderings, drawn from her large sample of readings, as illuminating as they are startling." --Annis Pratt, author of Archetypal Patterns in Women's Fiction, Dancing with Goddesses, and The Marshlanders Series (www. annisvpratt.com), Reviews
"Referencing mythology, fairy tales, Jungian psychology, "romance novels", science fiction, and classics from women's literature, Bower describes, dissects, and redefines the idea of women on the heroic journey. With a solid background in Depth Psychology, she has become skilled at peeling away the layers from classic archetypes in order to find the essence that truly applies to women, as well as pinpointing the ways in which society has disempowered (or empowered) those core essences. Lest you think that this book is strictly am academic exercise, know that she takes up the challenge of practical application with topics like The Power of Story and the Imagination, The Frenemy, Problematic Parents and Guardians, Marrying a Fantasy, Refusing Obligations, Sorting the Seeds, Learning Discrimination, The Home of One's Own, Transforming Communities, Leaving a Legacy, and Words as Maps. There's an amazing bibliography which can serve as an almost never-ending supply of book suggestions for a "heroine of the month" discussion group. Let customers know that Bower is bearing testimony to the fact that women truly can change the world, if they are willing to change themselves." --Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight magazine, Reviews
About the Author
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0835609340
- ISBN-13 : 978-0835609340
- Product Dimensions : 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Item Weight : 0.035 ounces
- Publisher : Quest Books; 1st Paperback Edition (March 1, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bower relies on an archetypal approach in her analysis, but makes this theoretical component accessible. She provides enough of an introduction to archetypal psychology and comparative mythology to whet the appetite of anyone who may interested in exploring this method further.
In full disclosure, Jody is a personal friend of mine, and that's what prompted me to write a review, but it's not the reason I recommend the book. I recommend this book, because it's one of the few books I've read in which I can find myself in the analysis. This book helps move the work of mythologists forward, and is a valuable contribution to the field.
If you are a great lover of books, a woman, and/or one who seeks deeper knowledge about how you journey through the world, this is a must read.
The writing flows effortlessly and, while very scholarly w/ plenty of notes, it is never dry, dull or thick. You'll find yourself repeatedly saying, "Yes!" and will look at your life - and every woman's story - in quite a new light.
This book meets my "Gold Standard". I have gifted it to friends, men & women, over and over and find delight in hearing them rave!