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Monstrous Women in Comics$
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Samantha Langsdale and Elizabeth Rae Coody

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496827623

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496827623.001.0001

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Rewriting to Control: How the Origins of Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, and Mary Magdalene Matter to Women’s Perceived Power

Rewriting to Control: How the Origins of Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, and Mary Magdalene Matter to Women’s Perceived Power

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(p.15) 1 Rewriting to Control: How the Origins of Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, and Mary Magdalene Matter to Women’s Perceived Power
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Monstrous Women in Comics
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Elizabeth Rae Coody

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827623.003.0002

This chapter argues that for each of the women listed in the title there is a “multi-vocal” origin story that walks a tenuous line between heroism and monstrosity. Each woman becomes a monster when someone telling her origin story rewrites the story to ameliorate a discomfort with a particular aspect of their power. Claiming control or even noting the context of changing perceptions around these heroic women’s origins can offer power to actual women who wish to reclaim their own life stories.

Keywords:   origin stories, Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, Mary Magdalene, monstrosity

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