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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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Horrible Victorians: Interrogating Power, Sex, and Gender in InSEXts

Horrible Victorians: Interrogating Power, Sex, and Gender in InSEXts

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Monstrous Women in Comics

Keri Crist-Wagner

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter gives Marguerite Bennett’s InSEXts comic a run through the author’s own systematic “Diamond of Violence” and “Queerness Score” tools to study how violence against queer bodies works. By tracking precisely how these monstrously insectoid women who claim their sexual power are punished or rewarded, she shows the way embodied queer identity and pleasure transgresses patriarchal violence even in an era with repressive ideals of sexuality and explicitly restrictive gender roles. Violence, queerness, and power are all linked in the monstrous bodies of InSEXts protagonists.

Keywords:   monstrous bodies, queerness, sexuality, InSexts, violence

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