The Medusa Myth: Monster to Feminist Symbol

By: Alexis Plumaj

(IAH 221A Section 004)

This timeline seeks to understand the changes in interpretations of the ancient Greek mythological creature Medusa throughout time. I was inspired by an essay I read in which Medusa was repurposed as a feminist icon, and in this timeline I sought to investigate how Medusa, one of the most monstrous female figures in mythology, became a contemporary symbol of feminine power. This timeline looks at seven primary sources, each representing one iteration of the myth, and explains each interpretation both in relation to the others and within its own historical context. Sources appear in chronological order.

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