The Artemis Archetype in Popular Culture: Essays on Fiction, Film, and Television

My third published book is an exploration of the Jungian archetype related to the goddess of the hunt and moon, Artemis. This collection of wonderful critical essays grew, like my fairy tales collection, from a conference call for papers that quickly took on a life of its own. I received enough good submissions that I asked for our panel of 4 to be converted to a seminar panel of 8, so we all came together at the NeMLA conference to discuss the papers we had written on our subjects. I was very excited to walk into the seminar and announce at the end that I had already received email confirmation of a book contract with McFarland, and from there, I chose one of the participants, Dr. Eileen Harney of University of Alaska, to work with me as a co-editor. We worked together over email the next year or so on putting the collection together and we each contributed 2 essays to it as well.

While working on the book, I developed a first-year seminar on the material for Wesley College, and I have taught it several times now to new freshmen. We utilize the book in our course and read several essays while watching a lot of Netflix in order to analyze examples of Artemis in the stories that surround us. Students also explore the presence of Artemis (and other goddess and god archetypes as well) in their personal lives.

Here is a description from the back of the cover:

Many female figures in recent fiction, film, and television embody the Artemis archetype, modeled on the Greco-Roman goddess of the hunt. These characters are often identified as heroines and recognized as powerful and progressive pop icons. Some fit the image of the tough, resourceful female in a science fiction or fantasy setting, while others are more relatable, inhabiting a possible future, a recent past, or a very real present. Examining both iconic and lesser-known works, this collection of new essays analyzes the independent and capable female figure as an ideal representation of women in popular culture.

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