session 3

Wonder Woman Unleashed or It's All Greek to Me!

Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28
11:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m.
IMU Illinois Room (348): September 7;
IMU Iowa Room (166): September 14, 21, 28
125 N. Madison St., Iowa City
Registration Deadline: August 31 Class
Limit: 120

Is Wonder Woman really 2,500 years old? This course will explore the development of the woman warrior archetype in mythology, literature, history, art, and film. We will study Greek and Roman goddesses such as Artemis/Diana and Athena/Minerva; read Amazon narratives by Ovid, Virgil, and Boccaccio; discuss mythical warriors such as Penthesilea, Hippolyta, and Camilla; and examine historical fighters such as the Persian general Artemisia and the French heroine Joan of Arc. And yes, we will watch clips from the 1970s Wonder Woman TV series. A packet of readings will be available for purchase. Reading comic books is not required!

INSTRUCTOR: Anna Barker is an adjunct assistant professor of Russian and comparative literature at the UI. Her interests include Russian cultural history, 19th-century European and American literature, and modern and ancient superheroes. She has organized several literary celebrations, including public readings of War and Peace, Don Quixote, and Crime and Punishment.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact us at 319-335-3294 or 800-469-2586.

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