The Picara: From Hera to Fantasy Heroine
by Anne K. Kaler
University of Wisconsin Press, 1991
Cloth: 978-0-87972-515-0 | Paper: 978-0-87972-516-7
Library of Congress Classification PN3428.K35 1991
Dewey Decimal Classification 809.93352042

ABOUT THIS BOOK
ABOUT THIS BOOK
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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