Essays

Numerous non-fiction essays by Laura Shamas on myth and modern life have been published in print and new media. Her work has appeared in Ecopsychology Journal, Newsday, The Los Angeles Times, Spring Journal, Hollywood Journal, and The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal (now titled Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche), among others. Laura was the co-creator and editor of the Headlinemuse.com website from 2000 - 2007.

In 2013, she began blogging for Huffington Post-Entertainment, on film, fairy tales, and mythology with her "Hit and Myth" blog, with commentaries on 2013/2014 films. 


Here is a representative sampling (with some published links): 

Laura’s essay on Sisterhood in “The Triplets of Belleville” was published on Btckflcks.com on September 9, 2016. 

Laura’s guest post, “The Women’s Voices Theater Festival," published on WomenArts.com, October 2015.

Older Than America’: Cultural Genocide and Reparations” by Laura Shamas, published on BtchFlicks.com, August 18, 2015. 

Laura's summary of her Fall 2014 research in The Undisciplined Project at the Autry Museum, published on the Autry Blog: "Memories That Haunt and Re-Affirm." November 26, 2014. 

"Alarming Innocence: "The Terror of Little Girls in The Crucible" by Laura Shamas, published on BtchFlicks.com. November 25, 2014. 

"Laggies: Mentors, Tortoises, Dads and Growing Up" by Laura Shamas, published on BtchFlicks.com. November 7, 2014. 

"Facing the Ghosts: Eugene O'Neill and Tao House" by Laura Shamas, published in Hollywood Journal, July 28, 2014. 

"The Gaze of Objectification: Race, Gender and Privilege in Belle," on BtchFlicks.com, May 22, 2014.

"Women Playwrights: Who is Keeping Count?" published on HowlRound.com, May 21, 2014. 

"The Oscars as Mythic Mirror," published on February 26, 2014, Hollywood Journal: Soul of the Biz

"The Numbers Problem and Why It Matters," was published on the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative blog, October 20, 2013.  

"Courtly Love and 'Drive': The Driver as Knight" was in Psychological Perspectives, Summer 2013, published by the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles (Routledge).

"'Beasts of the Southern Wild': Deluge Myths" by Laura Shamas, BtchFlcks.com, Academy Awards Week. February 21, 2013. 

"At Work," for In Media Res, on The Bechdel Test, January 2013. 

"'Bridesmaids': Brunch, Brazilian Food, Baking and Best Friends" by Laura Shamas, on BtchFlcks.com, Gender and Food Week. December 31, 2012. 

"How to Build Gender Parity Initiatives and Influence Theater" by Laura A. Shamas was published on HowlRound.com on October 10, 2012.

"Aphrodite's Shadow: Tragic Beauty" by Laura Shamas, published on Mythopoetry.com, August 2012. (Book Review)


“The Princess Archetype in the Movies"
 by Laura Shamas, published on the Women and Hollywood Blog, June 28, 2012. 

"Leaping, Racing, Spearing: The Female Athlete Amazes in Myth"
 by Laura A. Shamas, On The Issues Magazine, Spring 2012. 

"Revolution and the I Ching: Hexagram 49 Reflections" by Laura Annawyn Shamas, published January 2, 2012. Mythopoetry Scholar 2012, Volume III, Mythpoetry.com. 

"
Understanding the Myth: Why Cassandra Must Not Be Silenced" by Laura Shamas, July 13, 2011. Published in On The Issues Magazine, The Café. 

"Unseen Beauty: On Artemis and Dark Matter" by Laura Annawyn Shamas, published January 2, 2011. Mythopoetry Scholar 2011, Volume II, Mythpoetry.com. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize. 

"Playwriting: Five Tips for Getting Active" by Laura A. Shamas, Write On Online.com, September 9, 2010. 

"The Holiness in Health" by Laura A. Shamas, published January 2, 2010, Mythopoetry Scholar 2010, Volume I. Mythopoetry.com.

"Aphrodite and Ecology: The Goddess of Love as Nature Archetype" by Laura Shamas, Ecopsychology Journal, June 2009, Volume II.

"The Clinton Years: America's Zeus" by Laura Shamas, Newsday, January 14, 2001.

"Love Might Hurt But We Still Like to Watch" by Laura Shamas, Los Angeles Times, August 8, 2000. 

"The Hera Factor in Hillary's Run" by Laura Shamas, Los Angeles Times, July 11, 1999. 

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