Spring 2021 - HUM 332 D100

Mythology in Context (4)

Warrior Women

Class Number: 7107

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units. Recommended: HUM 102.



A detailed interdisciplinary study of the role of mythology within a particular culture or tradition. Breadth-Humanities.


How have women been pictured in literature, history, theatre and film with regards to their role, their involvement and contribution to a cause, or a struggle? What are the continuities and discontinuities in their depictions during wartime, in different historical, cultural and social contexts? How have women’s identities and ideologies been presented? This course examines the above questions, while offering an overview of the obstacles, the challenges, the victories and defeats of women as they negotiate different identities, political hierarchies and systems in their quests for peace, recognition and equality. The course begins by presenting portrayals of women from the city-states of ancient Greece, and then proceeds by comparing and contrasting the evolution of causes and depictions of individuals and collectives in different states, leading up to present day legacies of 20th c. wars; women in the army and the new opportunities and challenges they face.


  • Participation 14%
  • Term Project 15%
  • Presentation 15%
  • Take Home 26%
  • Term Paper 30%



Kent, Kingsley Susan. Gender and History. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Available online: https://www.redshelf.com/search/?terms=gender+and+history

Additional readings available online, through the SFU Library.


Campbell, Lara. Myers, Tamara. Perry, Adele. eds. Rethinking Canada: the promise of women’s history. Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Junker, Klaus. Interpreting the Images of Greek Myths. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Mayor, Adrienne. The Amazons: lives & legends of warrior women across the ancient world. Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2016.

Morley, Neville. Antiquity and Modernity. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 2009.

Hall, Edith. The Theatrical cast of Athens: interactions between ancient Greek Drama and society. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Aleksievich, Svetlana. The Unwomanly face of war: an oral history of women in World War II. New York: Random House, 2017.

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