Amazons and Wonder Women: The Classical World in the Modern Imagination
This intermediate-level literature course tracks the Greek myths of Amazon warriors and wonder women through the famously innovative "Lost Generation" of English-speaking writers in mid twentieth century Paris and into modern feminism.
Wonder Woman's latest incarnation owes everything to her earlier appearances in DC Comics, beginning in the middle of the 20th Century. But her roots can be found in the innovations and experimentations of the writers living in Paris in the early part of the twentieth century. Modernism set the stage for a twentieth century characterized by unprecedented change; but modernist writers also stood firmly on ancient ground, with strong imaginative roots in classic Greek mythology. In this course we will explore the key connections between contemporary feminism, modernism, and Hellenism, as we examine three pairings of literary texts--two versions of Antigone, Sophocles' ancient text and Jean Anouilh's 1941 adaptation, first performed in Nazi-occupied Paris; the legends of Lesbos and the Amazon Warriors, via Sappho's poetry as the springboard for a host of women poets in Paris in the 1920ies; and from there to the roots of Wonder Woman, imagined by her creator, William Moulton Marsden, as the warrior raised on the island of Themyscira, and as a feminist icon. We will reinforce reading, writing and analytical skills as we locate these texts in the contexts of Ancient Greece and of Europe between the Wars. By the end of the course, students will be able to trace the roots of Amazons and wonder women through the uniqueness of modernism and its fruitful intersection with the remarkable stories handed down from Western Hellenistic tradition.
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There is a $500 deposit - $250 due at the time of application and $250 due by July 31st. Students who begin an application after July 31st will need to submit the full $500 deposit at once. The deposit will be deducted from the total program cost when it is billed in January.
- course arrangements
- hotel accommodations - twin, triple, and multi-bedded rooms,
- continental breakfast daily,
- 4 dinners (subject to change)
|For this J-Term Global Studies Course, students will receive 4 credits, but will only be charged for one credit of tuition. The tuition charge is included in the estimate listed, but will appear separately on your bill.
A writing-intensive course in the humanities, including experience with textual analysis.
List of texts will include Sappho's poetry, and the poetry of H.D., Amy Lowell, Gertrude Stein, Renee Vivien and Natalie Barney, along with some prose writing by Virginia Woolf and Rebecca West, excerpts from other ancient texts, as well as the two texts of Antigone and some readings on the origin of Wonder Woman (Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Jill Lepore), actual DC comics and the most recent film.
Papers x3 40 points 120 points
Journal 60 points 60 points
Synthesis Essay 40 points 40 points
Participation (sites, discussions) 80 points 80 points
Total 300 points
Cecilia Konchar Farr,
St. Catherine University (651) 690.6559, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
, Loyola University Chicago, (773) 508-2796, email: email@example.com
Description of Faculty Directors
Application Procedures & Deadline
||Dr. Cecilia Farr is a Professor of English at St. Catherine University and teaches interdisciplinary courses, as well as courses in American literature, including upper- and introductory-level literature. She has also taught classes within the Women’s Studies Program. Her scholarly examination of Literature has focused on twentieth-century American literature and culture. She designed and taught several times the course “Six Degrees of Harry Potter”. Dr. Farr has successfully led many UMAIE study-abroad programs in France, England, Spain, Italy and Japan. Dr. Farr most recently visited Greece in January 2018 in anticipation of this course.
||Dr. Melissa Bradshaw currently serves as Writing Across the Curriculum coordinator at Loyola University Chicago, where she also teaches literature, writing, and graduate level theory. She has also taught in the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at DePaul University, where she was an Assistant Professor from 2004 to 2010. From 2002-2004 Dr. Bradshaw served as an Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program at Barat College of DePaul University. She received a Ph.D. in English with a certificate in Women’s Studies from Stony Brook University in 2000.
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Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2018
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