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Buffy and the Heroine's Journey
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Valerie Estelle Frankel is a storyteller, an award-winning novelist, and a lecturer at San Jose State University. The author of one book and over 100 stories and essays, she lives in Sunnyvale, California.

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"analyzes events in each season of Buffy, to demonstrate how the series combines contemporary female teenage life with aspects of classic mythic traditions as Buffy moves through each stage of her heroine journey"--Reference & Research Book News; "a must-read...fantastic...the meticulous research and knowledge of Buffy are very obvious"--Poetic License; "for the viewer who wants a wise guide back through the darker inner circles of the Buffyverse, this book is an admirable Virgil"--Mythlore; "Frankel skillfully interweaves her knowledge of fairy tales and folklore, archetypal criticism, and psychoanalysis to reveal how the adventures of Buffy Summers, the heroine...embody the various stages of the heroine's journey. Building on her expertise on the heroine's journey, Frankel shines in her discussion of Buffy as epic...maintains an air of sophistication, supported by solid research, that scholars expect in a critical text...will surely earn a place on your own shelf"--Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.

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