Wonder Woman Unleashed
Grades 6 through 8 (current academic year)
Jun 18, 2017-Jun 23, 2017
Suffering Sappho! Great Hera! Who is Wonder Woman?! Why is her name Diana Prince?! And is she really 2,500 years old?! This course will offer an overview of the development of the woman warrior archetype in mythology, literature, and history. We will discuss the development of heroic women from the Amazons to the Valkyries, study Greek and Roman goddesses such as Artemis and Diana, analyze the influence of historical women fighters such as Joan of Ark and Elizabeth I, read excerpts about Artemisia from The Histories by Herodotus, Camilla from The Aeneid by Vergil and Minerva and Diana from The Metamorphoses by Ovid, allegorical women deities in The Tale of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizzan, and Spencer’s functional Belphoebe and Britomart from The Faerie Queene, and examine how these archetypal heroines influenced the development of 20th and 21st century women superheroes. Wonder Woman first appeared on the silver screen in March of 2016 in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In October of 2016, Wonder Woman became the Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls at the United Nations. And in yet another first, the upcoming June 2, 2017 Wonder Woman film starting Gal Gadot is the first superhero film with a female protagonist directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins. Created in 1941, right after Superman (1938) and Batman (1939), Wonder Woman deserves a close examination and an academic space of her own. The course will contain a visual component that will allow the students to familiarize themselves with the evolution of the woman warrior image in both art and film.