Besides the many examples in literature and film, I have listed below some useful books and websites on subjects related to Girls Underground, including relevant folklore and mythology.


  • Boyer, Ronald. “Entering the Other World of Oz: The Threshold Passage of Dorothy Gale.
  • Estes, Clarissa Pinkola. Women Who Run With the Wolves. Ballantine Books, 1996.
  • Grimm, Jacob, et al. The Annotated Brothers Grimm. WW Norton & Co, 2004.
  • Ragan, Kathleen. Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World. WW Norton & Co, 2000.
  • Tatar, Maria. Secrets Beyond the Door : The Story of Bluebeard and His Wives. Princeton University Press, 2004.
  • Tatar, Maria. The Hard Facts of the Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Princeton University Press, 2003.
  • Vaclavik, Kiera. Uncharted Depths: Descent Narratives in English and French Children’s Literature, Legenda2010.
  • Valente, Catherynne M. “Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Katabasis and the Female Hero in Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and The Nutcracker Ballet,” presented at Wiscon, Feminism in SF/F Convention, 2005. [This is the closest discussion of what could be seen as the Girls Underground archetype that I have ever seen outside my own work. A fascinating essay comparing these three popular stories to the myths of Persephone and Inanna.]
  • Zipes, Jack. The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood. Routledge, 1993.


Down the Rabbit Hole – on TvTropes
Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts – tales by type
Sur La Lune Fairy Tales – annotated versions of classic stories
Cabinet Des Fees – a journal of fairytales
Ultimate Fairy Tale Resource Guide – exhaustive selection of links
Journeying and Fairytales – an intersection with shamanism
Alice in the Internet
Fuck Yeah Labyrinth