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“Wonder Woman” and Female Unruliness

The debut of the movie “Wonder Woman” in 2017 created a much-needed moment of solidarity and optimism for women around the globe.

Professor Kathleen Rowe Karlyn will explore the intense and often ambivalent responses to women who seek power, using examples from on screen and off.

In praising “Wonder Woman,” New York Times critic A.O. Scott noted that “Unlike most of her male counterparts, its heroine is not trying to exorcise inner demons or work out messiah issues. She wants to function freely in the world, to help out when needed and to be respected for her abilities. No wonder she encounters so much resistance.”

Kathleen Rowe Karlyn is Professor of English and Director of Cinema Studies at the University of Oregon. Karlyn has written two books, a number of articles and is in the early stages of a third book, co-edited with Sarah Kozloff, on female directors. She is an internationally renowned feminist media scholar and her research and publications have had a significant impact on the fields of film and television studies, gender studies, and cultural studies. Her book, The Unruly Woman: Gender and the Genres of Laughter” won the Emily Toth Award for Popular Culture from the American Culture Association’s Women’s Caucus in 1995.

This will be an online event hosted via Zoom Conferencing. You do not need a Zoom account but you will need to download and install the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device to join the event. Please email us at in advance if you need assistance installing the Zoom app. If you cannot join the event using your computer or mobile device and the Zoom app, you can join the event via teleconference and hear the audio portion. You will receive an email a day or so before the event with a link to the meeting, the Meeting ID, call-in telephone numbers and instructions for joining the meeting.

Please register through our website by clicking the Register Now on the right. Directions for Self Registration can be found here. You can also register by emailing, or calling 215-925-7333. This program is free of charge to our members and volunteers. Guests may attend up to three programs before being asked to join and/or volunteer with Penn’s Village.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM
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