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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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The Monstrous “Mother” in Moto Hagio’s Marginal: The Posthuman, the Human, and the Bioengineered Uterus

The Monstrous “Mother” in Moto Hagio’s Marginal: The Posthuman, the Human, and the Bioengineered Uterus

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(p.152) 9 The Monstrous “Mother” in Moto Hagio’s Marginal: The Posthuman, the Human, and the Bioengineered Uterus
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Monstrous Women in Comics
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Tomoko Kuribayashi

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827623.003.0010

This chapter analyzes monstrous childbearing in a manga text that introduces us to a graphic world where female reproduction is a rarity. Centering on the narrative of a genetically engineered, posthuman character called Kira, Marginal examines what it means when the uterus is separated from the female body. This chapter asks whether the erasure of gender from the process of maternity can indeed shift patriarchal gender matrices in more promising directions, or, if maternity continues to be framed as problematically monstrous because of Kira’s “artificial” existence, her connection to the natural environment, and her lack of control over her body/reproductive organs.

Keywords:   monstrous maternity, manga, reproductive organs, posthumanism, genetically engineered

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