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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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“There Is More to Me Than Just Hunger”: Female Monsters and Liminal Spaces in Monstress and Pretty Deadly

“There Is More to Me Than Just Hunger”: Female Monsters and Liminal Spaces in Monstress and Pretty Deadly

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(p.51) 3 “There Is More to Me Than Just Hunger”: Female Monsters and Liminal Spaces in Monstress and Pretty Deadly
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Monstrous Women in Comics
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Ayanni C. H. Cooper

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827623.003.0004

This chapter analyzes the power of liminality that forces readers to identify with the transgressive ‘other.’ For the important female characters in the two comic books Monstress and Pretty Deadly, liminality and the abject are paradoxically sources of their power as revealed in their relationship to profanity, blood, and boundary crossing. While these female characters are undoubtedly situated as monsters because their liminal, abject natures, they are also the protagonists, and so the reader is compelled to identify with monstrosity. Because the celebrated creators of these comics, Marjorie Liu and Kelly Sue DeConnick, have voices in the wider U.S. cultural context, there is powerful potential in their choices to call readers to examine their own relationship to the abject and thus to challenge assumptions of social normalcy.

Keywords:   liminality, abjection, paradox, monstrous femininity, Monstress, Pretty Deadly

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