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Reply To: The Hero’s Journey in Contemporary Literature/Fantasy


Hi Alexander,

Here are a few of the gender role-breaking films that come to mind, and this could go on naming many more modern/contemporary books/films:

–Disney’s Mulan

Mary Poppins 

–Maria in The Sound of Music 

–Maya Angelou’s speaker’s-voice in the poem Still I Rise

Romeo and Juliette

–In many versions of Cinderella, Cinderella is not passive; although she does enlist supernatural helpers and is thus somewhat “magical” herself, she uses her hero’s plan by sneaking out to the prince’s ball, disguising her true identity from her step-mother and step-sisters, the prince, and all in the kingdom. And so Cinderella is not exactly all so completely “innocent” or naive.

–Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. She joins proactively with Hansel to secure her and her brother’s rescue.

From Out of Africa 

Alice in Wonderland

–Clara in The Nutcracker Suite‘s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” (I wrote and published a paper on this–it is one of my favorites.)

Sheherazade in Tales from 1001 Nights

With Mythic Bliss!

Mary Ann