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Gender and the Superhero Narrative$
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Michael Goodrum, Tara Prescott, and Philip Smith

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496818805

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496818805.001.0001

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“Curiouser and Curiouser”

“Curiouser and Curiouser”

Revisiting “The Woman Question” in Batwoman: Elegy

(p.124) “Curiouser and Curiouser”
Gender and the Superhero Narrative

Lisa K. Perdigao

University Press of Mississippi

The modern elegy bears a distinctive mark: it “suggests both the negation of received codes (‘modern’) and their perpetuation (‘elegy’)” as its writers “make it new but make it old, rebel against generic norms but reclaim them through rebellion.” This is suggestive of what is at work in Greg Rucka, JH Williams III, and Dave Stewart’s comic Batwoman: Elegy (2010). At its center, Batwoman: Elegy introduces the tensions that Ramazani argues are inherent to the genre. Batwoman: Elegy remembers a character once erased from DC Comics. However, the elegiac gesture of the comic extends further: Batwoman: Elegy provides a unique perspective on the passing of the Golden, Silver, and Bronze Ages of Comics as well as the three waves of feminism.

Keywords:   Elegy, Batwoman, Woman Question, Sexuality

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