chapter  19
Scientific Humanities
The Scientific Origins of Wonder Woman
WithMatthew J. Brown
Pages 14

Scientific humanities as a methodology draws on the tools of the interdisciplinary field of science studies (including history, philosophy, and the social and cultural studies of science) to read texts against a scientific background. Science provides an important context for interpreting many narratives, not only didactic popular presentations of science, but a variety of fictional and nonfictional narratives. Both popular and expert understandings of science are part of the background of the production of certain texts, can be part of a narrative’s content, or can help us draw further meaning out of a text. This chapter looks at the early Wonder Woman comics authored by the experimental psychologist William Moulton Marston, and reads the comics in light of an analysis of his psychological theories and experiments.