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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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Exploring the Monstrous Feminist Frame: Marvel’s She-Hulk as Male-Centric Postfeminist Discourse

Exploring the Monstrous Feminist Frame: Marvel’s She-Hulk as Male-Centric Postfeminist Discourse

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Monstrous Women in Comics
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J. Richard Stevens

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827623.003.0003

This chapter shows in the various portrayals of She-Hulk the paradoxes of female agency in a hyper-masculine sphere. She-Hulk is nearly always a giant green woman, but her monstrosity varies depending on the space she occupies. Despite consistently having superhuman powers and a law degree, the varied portrayals of the transformed, incredibly strong She-Hulk and her alter-ego Jen Walters reveal the tenuous agency of a woman in hyper-masculine public spaces, both in the text and in culture more broadly.

Keywords:   She-Hulk, paradox, female agency, hyper-masculine space, feminist discourse

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