Abstract: Wonder Woman and the Reappropriation of Women Warriors of Greek Myth

Wonder Woman #1 (summer of 1942)DragonCon 2015 is almost here and I’ll be presenting new research titled “Wonder Woman and the Reappropriation of Women Warriors of Greek.”

Check out my abstract below for a little sneak peek!

Ancient Greek mythological representations of Amazons tend to teeter between the “noble savage” archetype and fetishized exotic prizes ripe for conquest by male heroes. Although painted as powerful figures, depictions of these women aren’t often empowering.

Mounted Amazon about to lasso a Greek warrior, by the Sotheby Painter, ca. 460.

Mounted Amazon about to lasso a Greek warrior, by the Sotheby Painter, ca. 460.

My presentation will examine the Scythians, the real world inspiration for the Amazons; analyse ancient Greek depictions of the Amazons and the patriarchal warrior goddess Athena; and explore ways in which William Moulton Marston and H. G. Peters, the creators of Wonder Woman, subverted and reappropriate these stories and depictions.

I’ll be presenting this research at DragonCon 2015 as part of the Comics and Popular Arts Conference.

You can catch it during Wonder Woman and Greek Mythology on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM  in Hanover F – Hyatt.

For my full speaking schedule, check out My DragonCon 2015 Appearances.

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4 Responses to “Abstract: Wonder Woman and the Reappropriation of Women Warriors of Greek Myth”


  1. 1 Robert Lambert Jones III September 3, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Ancient mythology is short on female heroes. Even today, I think fantasy could use a new kind of female superhero.

  2. 2 notquitemagic September 5, 2015 at 12:12 am

    This research sounds awesome – wish I could attend

  3. 3 Cj Hylton September 17, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Will you be posting this information as well? We got stuck on the other side of the parade and couldn’t make it to the Hyatt. This was one panel everyone in my room wanted to go to. (I attended the panel on Friday and thoroughly enjoyed it — I was the one cosplaying Hippolyta.)


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