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The Picara
From Hera to Fantasy Heroine
Anne K. Kaler

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Courtesan and criminal, thief and trollop, warrior and wanderer—the picara embodies the continuing archetypal pattern of a woman's autonomy. She is the sly sharpster in Defoe's heroines such as Roxana and Moll Flanders. With an ancestress like Becky Sharp, the picara evolves into Scarlett O'Hara before finding a comfortable niche as the female hero in fantasy written by women. The Picara traces the development of this character, from an autonomous woman in a harsh patriarchal society to the female hero of the modern fantasy novel.

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Cover of book is purple with an image of a woman in the background.

LC: 90-086056 PN
226 p
p.   6 x 9
ISBN-10: 0-87972-515-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-87972-515-0
Cloth $39.95 t
ISBN-10: 0-87972-516-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-87972-516-7 Paper $18.95 t

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