Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype Mass Market Paperback – Nov 27 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Folklore, fairy tales and dream symbols are called on to help restore women's neglected intuitive and instinctive abilities in this earthy first book by a Jungian analyst. According to Estes, wolves and women share a psychic bond in their fierceness, grace and devotion to mate and community. This comparison defines the archetype of the Wild Woman, a female in touch with her primitive side and able to rely on gut feelings to make choices. The tales here, from various cultures, are not necessarily about wolves; instead, they illuminate fresh perspectives on relationships, self-image, even addiction. An African tale of twins who baffle a man represents the dual nature of woman; from the Middle East, a story about a threadbare but secretly magic carpet shows society's failure to look beyond appearances. Three brief, ribald stories advocate a playful, open sexuality; other examples suggest ways to deal with anger and jealousy. At times, Estes's commentary--in which she urges readers to draw upon and enjoy their Wild Woman aspects--is hyperbolic, but overall her widely researched study offers usable advice for modern women.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Kirkus Reviews
A feminist counterpart to Iron John--or, how ``a healthy woman is much like a wolf.'' Ests, a Jungian analyst, believes that a woman's wholeness depends on her returning to the sources of her repressed instinctual nature. To illustrate the ways of the ``wild woman,'' the author draws on myths, legends, and fairy tales from a vast and eclectic range of traditions. This collection of stories may well be the most valuable element of the book, which otherwise reads like unedited transcripts of the workshops Ests leads to encourage women to return to their ``feral'' roots. Each story demonstrates a particular aspect of woman's experience--relationship, creativity, anger, spirituality, etc. Ests finds evidence in the most diverse tales of the necessity for women to reclaim their wildness. The precise nature of this wildness is difficult to fathom, but, at best, it seems to include a genuine capacity to access feelings and to accept one's contradictions, while, at worst, it appears to amount to the kind of self-indulgence that prevailed during the ``me'' generation. Ests claims that her book is for every woman, ``whether you be spicy or somber, regal or roughshod''; but her underlying assumption that every woman is free to abandon what holds her back seems ignorant of social and economic realities. The author provides few concrete examples that might help women understand what she expects them to do, and her prose abounds in generalizations and oddities (``the ambitious woman...who is heartfelt toward her accomplishments'') that further undermine her credibility and her considerable scholarship. Hortatory, ecstatic, and, ultimately, irritating. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Now, it could be argued that, "this book wasn't meant for me," given my birth and rearing as a biological male in a modern Western country--perhaps it's true, but I've always been the sort to read the books I'm "not supposed to" read. I consider the notion of taboo books a gateway to book-burning and totalitarianism.
Overall, this book was all-right, but while the stories are interesting, and Estés' interpretation of themes in each of them was worth hearing, her pretentious overuse of Spanish terminology was stylistically awkward and simply unnecessary. I doubt a Spanish translation of the book was using the English phrase, "Wolf-Woman" as much as she used "La Loba" in the English-language edition. Authors and their writing-style... Such is life.
And in an age when some woman seems to be trying to put me in a box, Estes keeps reminding me to fight back. Cammile Paglia, Susie Bright, and others are examples of what Ms Estes writes about. Or better yet rent the movie Auntie Mame with Roz Russell and see what I mean. Retrieval of intuition and Joyous Body the Wild Flesh, and Self Preservation: Identifying Leg Traps, Cages and Poisoned Bait are good reads. Trap #7 Faking It, Trying to be Good, Normalizing the Abnormal is refreshing. And as an artist and writer I relished Clean Water: Nourishing The Creative Life. Heat: Retrieving A Sacred Sexuality (ok sex is big with me) is something I think every over age 40 woman should read !
I thought the book was going to be either too scholarly
or too depressing. My preset ideas were completely shattered
once I read the first chapter.
Ms. Estes opened up a fanciful world of fairy-tale
and folk-tale creature/archetypes and explained them
in a way that gave them life, fleshed out the "skeleton woman"
and inspired me to make my leap into the creative with her
technique of creating a "scapecoat" to introduce a healing ritual
into any woman's life.
My creative life was enriched. My dream life was enriched.
"Wolves" inspired me to keep searching deep within my unconscious
for those archetypes that would nurture me into FULL conscious
"Wolves" will no doubt bring answers from the depths of many, both
male and female, who delve into the mysterious world of the
fairy/folk/archetypal myth. Readers who open to her images
will come out with a richer feel for life and living in the now.
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