What makes a Miyazaki heroine?

Spirited Away, Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli)
Spirited Away (Miyazaki 2001, Studio Ghibli)

For my course I had to write a 3,000 word essay engaging with a theoretical framework. I had to write it over Christmas. All I wanted to do at Christmas was watch Studio Ghibli films. Therefore: one essay about Hayao Miyazaki’s heroines (and particularly Chihiro in Spirited Away) vs. Joseph Campbell’s interpretation of the Monomyth, to go.

Every time I tell someone about this essay they ask if they can read it for some reason, so here it is. To answer the inevitable questions:

  • Yes I somehow ended up quoting myself;
  • Yes OBVIOUSLY I wanted to call it the Ghibliography but I wasn’t allowed. (I asked.)

Spoiler alert: neither the Monomyth nor Campbell come out of it too well.

Get it here: What makes a Miyazaki heroine?

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Tl;dr: I am the author of this work, all rights reserved etc. – don’t steal, kids.

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