Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism
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Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism

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Joan has a unique role in Western imagination--she is one of the few true female heroes. Marina Warner uses her superb historical and literary skills to move beyond conventional biography and to capture the essence of Joan of Arc, both as she lived in her own time and as she has "grown" in the human imagination over the five centuries since her death. She has examined the...more
Paperback, 349 pages
Published November 24th 1999 by University of California Press (first published June 12th 1981)
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Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/788752.html[return][return]I'm not really a Francophile, but I am a lapsed medievalist, and Marina Warner's meticulous sifting of fact from fiction in the first two-thirds of the book dealing with the actual career of Joan of Arc (not, as she points out, a name ever used by La Pucelle herself) is a beautiful example of how you should take your one major primary source (the transcript of Joan's trial) and test it against all the other available contextual evidence.[retu...more
Jessica
A scholarly look at Joan of Arc in a feminist perspective. Very interesting if that sounds like something you would like, but probably too "dry" for many readers.
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Marina Sarah Warner is a British novelist, short story writer, historian and mythographer. She is known for her many non-fiction books relating to feminism and myth.

She is a professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre at the University of Essex, and gave the Reith Lectures on the BBC in 1994 on the theme of 'Managing Monsters: Six Myths of Our Time.'

More about Marina Warner...
From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling, and Making Mock Six Myths of Our Time: Little Angels, Little Monsters, Beautiful Beasts, and More Indigo

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