Date of Award

Spring 5-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Joanna Levin

Second Advisor

Rei Magosaki

Third Advisor

Justine Van Meter


This thesis aims to contribute to the scholarship on the modern female superhero by exploring Patty Jenkins’ 2017 film Wonder Woman and how the female super-heroine is viewed. In this study I look at Jill Lepore’s renowned novel The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins’s 2017 film Wonder Woman, Signe Bergstrom’s Wonder Woman: Ambassador of Truth, Allison Harvey’s Feminist Media Studies and other scholarship as well as reviews of the film and articles pertaining to the feminist movement Patty Jenkins portrays in the film. First, I will explore Wonder Woman’s Creation and Intent. Second, I delve into Director Patty Jenkins and her Feminist Voice. Then I explore The Rejection of the Male Gaze in Wonder Woman. Finally, I examine at the legacy of Wonder Woman and how Patty Jenkins along with Gal Gadot has changed how Wonder Woman will be viewed.

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