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Jane Eyre's Sisters: How Women Live and Write the Heroine's Story

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  17 reviews

Joseph Campbell's model of the hero's journey doesn't work for women, says author Jody Bower. We need a different model to do justice to a woman's experience of moving beyond the expectations of conventional societal roles to find her true, creative self.

To explore the pattern of the woman's heroic journey in contrast to a man's, Bower draws from 19th century novels writ

Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published March 15th 2015 by Quest Books (first published March 1st 2015)
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Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book, can't rate it highly enough. If you're interested in storytelling and the idea of the heroine then you need to read this.
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 800s, non-fiction
Don't you just love it when you pick up a book at random thinking it looks vaguely interesting and then you devour it? That is what happened me with this book. I spotted it among the new books at the library and almost didn’t pick it up, mainly because I haven’t been into non-fiction all that much this year, and also non-fiction literary criticism can be very dry and academic and, to put it bluntly, boring.

But it was talking about the heroine’s journey in literature and sure, if I didn’t take to
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a student of mythological studies, I've spent much time contemplating Campbell's hero's journey, and exploring interpretations of the heroine's journey. Like Bower, I don't think that a heroine's journey can be simply "imposed" on the Campbell momomyth, because the experience of being a woman is necessarily different than what Campbell writes about (he even says so much at some point). I find Bower's interpretation of the romantic novels of the 19th century to be a refreshing approach to the ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had bought a paper copy rather than the Kindle book so that I could flip around in it and refer to things.

Nevertheless, this was an interesting and fresh look at the heroine journey, not only as it compares to the hero journey in fiction, but as it applies to our development as women in the real world.

There were some areas that I had trouble with. For example, someone who abandons her family to go discover herself is seen as being selfish, because she IS selfish. And it's not because sh
Janet Kerschner
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This work takes up the ideas that Joseph Campbell explored in The Hero with a Thousand Faces and carries them into the realm of literature written by and about women. The Hero's Journey or Hero's Quest is archetypal for men, but women rarely experience the same type of spiritual path. While boys leave home because they are called upon to do a great deed, girls leave because they are orphaned, abused, cast out, or married off without choice. Wholeness is achieved by traversing a completely differ ...more
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There is no one victory, no single achievement, that makes a heroine. Her challenges morph each time she overcomes them and take a new shape to challenge her again. Her biggest test is not courage or physical strength but resolve- the capacity to keep on fighting for the right to be herself: to be a unique and special individual. The woman who can keep on fighting wins the prize, and it is not a husband or a throne. What she wins is not just an unshakeable sense of self, but the capacity- regar ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I was expecting more literary criticism, less pop psychology. It was kind of a "meh" read--not as profound as Campbell's book, obviously. Having said that, I do think she's right in saying the typical male hero's journey is more than a little problematic for women. I just found her application of it superficial.
Marina Dawson
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant. I read this on a strong recommendation from a trusted friend and it did not disappoint! If you enjoy literature, stories, Jungian psychology, myth or all of the above, this book is for you.
An insightful, thought-provoking and accessible study of the portrayal of women in myths, folktales and novels.

Jane Eyre’s Sisters takes a Jungian archetypal approach to storytelling, whereby archetypes represent ‘the deepest patterns of psychological function – even, perhaps the “roots of the soul”’.

Bower adds her voice to the challenge (see also The Heroine's Journey: Woman's Quest for Wholeness) of Campbell’s Hero’s Journey (The Hero With a Thousand Faces) that the monomyth is a poor fit for
Lynn Reynolds
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, reviewed
A little slow and ponderous in places - kind of reads like it might have begun life as a doctoral thesis. But what an excellent, under-discussed topic! As a writer, I've sat through countless workshops that try to stuff women's lives into the "hero's journey" format laid out by Joseph Campbell. The format was picked up by Hollywood script doctor Christopher Vogler and is widely touted as the only story worth telling.

Personally, I'm not entirely sure that I buy the theory that all great stories m
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A superb book, analysis the herione behaviour in old literature.
The author pinpointed the steriotype of character portrayed by the authors.
The author carry the story of Aletis throughout the book and can say the author analysed in different dimension and the one was so catchy....
When she analysed in the angle of witch and how witch able to think clearly and how it helps the herione to understand her
A must read for a woman who admire the world from the point of Yang-Female.
Superb book
Loved every
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are writing about women, you must read this book. You will find your own journey as we all have.
Kathryn Bashaar
I was kind of disappointed in this book. I thought there would be a lot more discussion of my favorite book ever ever ever Jane Eyre. But instead it was mainly Jungian psychology, with references to several (mostly 19th-century) novels that bolstered the author's Jungian premises. Some people might like that, but it just wasn't interesting to me. The author talked about the perils of reductionism early in the book, but it seemed to me that she indulged in quite a bit of reductionism herself, red ...more
Becca Kidwell
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent literary & psychological examination

Jody Gentian Bower provides us with an intelligent theory that we can use to explore the woman's narrative both in literary and psychological terms. She uses the current theories of the hero's journey and feminine theories as a jumping off point to map out the distinct moments of a woman's life that contribute to her becoming a whole person. This refreshing look not only helps us to understand the feminine path in literature and life more clearly
Hannah Gow
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had interesting content and was very interesting and eye opening. I just wish it was about a hundred pages shorter. I got the point long before the book was over. However - still totally worth reading! I learned a lot about the psychology regarding fictional characters of stories and the patterns that men and women follow.
There's a lot of Psych 101 in here (and I mean that rather disparagingly). The last four chapters were better than those that preceded them, and bumped it from two to three stars.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an interesting read about the Aletis. I want to read some of the fiction mentioned. In summary, women require sovereignty... the right to determine their own lives.
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