Thursday, October 21, 2010
"Symbols and narratives of feminine power are secrets kept hidden not only from men but from women as well. The literary critic rarely encounters feminine archetypes in their purely feminist form in women's texts, because gender norms are often unconsciously internalized by women authors. Many feminist critics would agree with Jung that patterns found in myths and fables reflect the psychological development of an individual. In the quest, the male hero journeys from the familiar to the unfamiliar. First he encounters his shadow, then digs deeper and confronts his anima [the dragon, the monster, Moby Dick] wrestles it, contains it and returns reborn. In the female quest, however, women who venture outside the norm become social outcasts. Strong autonomous women are often under suspicion of being witches."
--- Annis Pratt, Feminist Archetypal Theory