Author Archives: Theodora Goss

Living With Grace

I’m in the middle of trying to prepare for the university semester, but I’m also in the middle of trying to arrange my life after a very busy summer. I spent part of it in Eugene, Oregon doing research, and … Continue reading

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Writing Without a Net

It probably sounds as though this is going to be a blog post about taking risks in writing. After all, look at the title: “Writing Without a Net.” But it’s not. It’s going to be a post about writing without … Continue reading

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The Path of Most Resistance

I read an article recently that made an interesting claim: if you looked at people in the 1980s, and people now, who ate the same amount of food and exercised the same amount, the people now would still be about … Continue reading

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Trying to Recover

I’m still trying to recover from this academic year. It’s been the hardest academic year I’ve had since the one in which I finished my doctoral dissertation (when I went to see a therapist every Thursday, like clockwork). The strange … Continue reading

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Writing Girl Monsters

I have a novel coming out this summer. It’s called The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, and it’s about Mary Jekyll, daughter of the infamous Dr. Jekyll, who discovers that her father belonged to a secret society of alchemists … Continue reading

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Template Stories

There are certain stories that are written over and over again. I call them “template stories.” “Snow White” is a template story. So is Dracula. There are many, many versions of “Snow White”: there’s the Grimms’ fairy tale, of course, … Continue reading

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Mapping the Fairy-Tale Heroine’s Journey: Quotations

Into the Dark Forest: Mapping the Fairy Tale Heroine’s Journey by Theodora Goss, PhD The tales that feature a fairy-tale heroine’s journey: ATU 310: “Petrosinella” (Basile), “Persinette” (de la Force), “Rapunzel” (Grimm) ATU 410: “Sun, Moon, and Talia” (Basile), “The … Continue reading

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