I’ve got a new Editor’s Letter up at Girls in Capes!
This month’s letter addresses something that bothers me about Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey:
But alas: like many literary structures, the different stages of Campbell’s monomyth — summarized here on Wikipedia — has some of the gendered earmarks of its time. Written in 1949, the work draws on fantasy work and mythology that simply doesn’t give complexity to female characters, in particular subscribing to the ancient (and exhausted) archetypes of the Madonna and the Whore.
Read more over at Girls in Capes!