Fall 2022 - HUM 318 B100

Heroines in Greece and Beyond: Political Representations of Women in Film and Literature (4)

Class Number: 6250

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 2522, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



Examines the impact of national and political contexts upon individual women, their personal histories, political engagement, memories and identities. Traces archetypes of women from the Greek world into different contexts. Students with credit for HS 318 or GSWS 318 or HS 303 under the title "Political Representations of Women in Film and Literature" may not take this course for further credit.


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This course examines the impact of national and socio-political contexts upon individual women; their personal histories, political engagement, memories and identities. The course begins by examining archetypes of women in the ancient Greek world before moving onto providing reflections on past and present representations of women in a wider range of writings and films produced in Europe, the Balkans, North America and Latin America. The objective of the course is to analyze themes and theories relevant to the stories of these women so as to reflect on the specific social contexts and the prevailing cultural and gender norms. It will offer a critical analysis on the continuities and discontinuities of women’s representations while reflecting on post/modernity, gender, politics, theory and broader contemporary debates.


  • Participation 10%
  • Presentation 15%
  • Midterm Quiz 15%
  • Podcast Episode 20%
  • Portfolio 40%


This course counts towards a concentration in Hellenic Studies, Mythologies, or Public Engagement and Intellectual Culture for students in a Humanities major or minor program as well as the Hellenic Studies Certificate.



Whitehead, Stephen. Talahite, Anissa. Moodley, Roy. Gender and identity; key themes and new directions. Oxford University Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0195444902 (e-version available at https://www.vitalsource.com/en-ca/)

Links to articles, films and literary texts will be available on Canvas/ shared in class.


Archer Mann, Susan. Doing feminist theory; from modernity to postmodernity. Oxford University Press, 2012.

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

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