Amazons in the Amphora: Traces of the Defeated Other in Wonder Woman Comics

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Amazons in the Amphora: Traces of the Defeated Other in Wonder Woman Comics

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Title: Amazons in the Amphora: Traces of the Defeated Other in Wonder Woman Comics
Author: Pollack, Lara
Advisor: Roberts, Deborah H.; Mulligan, Bret
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Classics
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: References to the Amazons, a mythical race of warrior women, are widespread in ancient literature. They were generally represented as a defeated Other in their relations with the Greeks, reaffirming the patriarchal nature of Greek society. Amazons have also been received into modern literature, with the most prominent example being Wonder Woman, a comic book character created by William Marston in the early 1940s. Wonder Woman has generally been hailed as a feminist icon. The widespread representation of bondage and other sadomasochistic elements throughout the Wonder Woman comics, however, argue that she and other female characters are still represented as a defeated Other, retaining traces of the misogyny widespread in ancient accounts of Amazons.
Subject: Misogyny in literature
Subject: Other (Philosophy) in literature
Subject: Greek literature -- History and criticism
Subject: Wonder Woman (Fictitious character) -- History and criticism
Subject: Amazons in literature
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Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/4960

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Pollack, Lara. "Amazons in the Amphora: Traces of the Defeated Other in Wonder Woman Comics". 2010. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/4960.

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