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From Odysseus to Odyssia: Exploring a Gender-Bent Adaptation of The Odyssey

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This interdisciplinary research project combines the disciplines of literature and women’s and gender studies by examining a gender-bent graphic novel adaptation of a literary classic where the gender roles have been switched. The Greek classic The Odyssey follows the journey of the warrior Odysseus and his men as they return home from the Trojan War. The graphic novel adaptation ODY-C by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward creates a gender-bent version of the primarily masculine realm of Odysseus’ world. This adaptation explores the implications of gender by transferring the tale into the feminine realm of the female warrior Odyssia and the women who follow her. Switching the gender of the characters prompts the readers to more directly view our assumptions about the gender roles in the original text. My analysis of The Odyssey through its adaptation ODY-C illuminates these gendered aspects of the plot and characters that may often be overlooked. ODY-C incorporates feminine elements such as maternity while also maintaining the elements of warrior culture that are traditionally coded as masculine. This analytical comparison of the original text and its adaptation is informed by existing scholarly contributions about The Odyssey and allows us to reexamine culturally constructed roles of masculinity and femininity.

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From Odysseus to Odyssia: Exploring a Gender-Bent Adaptation of The Odyssey

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This interdisciplinary research project combines the disciplines of literature and women’s and gender studies by examining a gender-bent graphic novel adaptation of a literary classic where the gender roles have been switched. The Greek classic The Odyssey follows the journey of the warrior Odysseus and his men as they return home from the Trojan War. The graphic novel adaptation ODY-C by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward creates a gender-bent version of the primarily masculine realm of Odysseus’ world. This adaptation explores the implications of gender by transferring the tale into the feminine realm of the female warrior Odyssia and the women who follow her. Switching the gender of the characters prompts the readers to more directly view our assumptions about the gender roles in the original text. My analysis of The Odyssey through its adaptation ODY-C illuminates these gendered aspects of the plot and characters that may often be overlooked. ODY-C incorporates feminine elements such as maternity while also maintaining the elements of warrior culture that are traditionally coded as masculine. This analytical comparison of the original text and its adaptation is informed by existing scholarly contributions about The Odyssey and allows us to reexamine culturally constructed roles of masculinity and femininity.