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Monstrous Women in Comics (Paperback)

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By Samantha Langsdale (Editor), Elizabeth Rae Coody (Editor)
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Contributions by Novia Shih-Shan Chen, Elizabeth Rae Coody, Keri Crist-Wagner, Sara Durazo-DeMoss, Charlotte Johanne Fabricius, Ayanni C. Hanna, Christina M. Knopf, Tomoko Kuribayashi, Samantha Langsdale, Jeannie Ludlow, Marcela Murillo, Sho Ogawa, Pauline J. Reynolds, Stefanie Snider, J. Richard Stevens, Justin Wigard, Daniel F. Yezbick, and Jing Zhang

Monsters seem to be everywhere these days, in popular shows on television, in award-winning novels, and again and again in Hollywood blockbusters. They are figures that lurk in the margins and so, by contrast, help to illuminate the center--the embodiment of abnormality that summons the definition of normalcy by virtue of everything they are not.

Samantha Langsdale and Elizabeth Rae Coody's edited volume explores the coding of woman as monstrous and how the monster as dangerously evocative of women/femininity/the female is exacerbated by the intersection of gender with sexuality, race, nationality, and disability. To analyze monstrous women is not only to examine comics, but also to witness how those constructions correspond to women's real material experiences.

Each section takes a critical look at the cultural context surrounding varied monstrous voices: embodiment, maternity, childhood, power, and performance. Featured are essays on such comics as Faith, Monstress, Bitch Planet, and Batgirl and such characters as Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman.

This volume probes into the patriarchal contexts wherein men are assumed to be representative of the normative, universal subject, such that women frequently become monsters.

About the Author


Samantha Langsdale is lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Texas. Her work has appeared in the journal Animation Practice, Process, and Production and the edited volumes Gender: God; Fantasy/Animation: Connections Between Media, Mediums and Genres; and Comics and Sacred Texts: Reimagining Religion and Graphic Narratives, the latter published by University Press of Mississippi. Elizabeth Rae Coody is assistant professor of religious studies at Morningside College. Her work has appeared in the Religious Studies Review, and she is a regular contributor to Women Write About Comics.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781496827630
ISBN-10: 1496827635
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2020
Pages: 296
Language: English
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