5 August 2017
Ancient greek myths and gender constructs: from antiquity to the present
How and why were myths created and visualized in the ancient Greek world and how have they been used ever since? We will discuss the stories, images and cultural impact of ancient Greek myths in order to explore the power of textual and visual narratives to shape social and cultural identities of "self" and "other" and to encode ideas on a wide range of subjects, from politics and religion, or the natural word and the afterlife, to interpersonal relations and family life. We will focus on the construction of gender roles (both male and female) through myths and their visual representations. Our material will be mostly sculptures and paintings of various periods, with emphasis on the ancient Greek and Roman world. We will also consider less conventional sources, such as modern films, comics, and videogames. The multiplicity of meanings myths carry in different cultural context and the subjectivity of interpretations people develop in response to them will be constantly recognized in our explorations. The ultimate purpose will be not just to learn the myths and their function, but to develop critical and interpretative skills that can enhance our understanding of human societies and their visual production, regardless of time period and culture.
Maria Evangelatou, University of California/Santa Cruz
Undergraduates, high school seniors, and adults
USD 2700: Includes tuition, room and board, and several excursions.
We offer a 10% discount when someone registers for two courses, one in each of our two programs