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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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New and Improved? Disability and Monstrosity in Gail Simone’s Batgirl

New and Improved? Disability and Monstrosity in Gail Simone’s Batgirl

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(p.84) 5 New and Improved? Disability and Monstrosity in Gail Simone’s Batgirl
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Monstrous Women in Comics
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Charlotte Johanne Fabricius

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827623.003.0006

This chapter examines how the miraculous recovery of the character Barbara Gordon/Batgirl may erase the powerful subversive potential in Barbara’s previous, disabled manifestation as Oracle and instead, may perpetuate the status quo in superhero comics for compulsory able-bodiedness. The author of this chapter analyzes how disability and gender intersect in Batgirl and asks critical questions about whether Barbara becomes, in some ways, more monstrous by passing as an able-bodied “girl” and how that representation relates to broader cultural ideals of embodiment and femininity.

Keywords:   Batgirl, disability, gender, representation, femininity

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