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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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Chinese Snake Woman Resurfaces in Comics: Considering the Case Study of Calabash Brothers

Chinese Snake Woman Resurfaces in Comics: Considering the Case Study of Calabash Brothers

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(p.207) 12 Chinese Snake Woman Resurfaces in Comics: Considering the Case Study of Calabash Brothers
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Monstrous Women in Comics
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Jing Zhang

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827623.003.0013

This chapter provides a study of a transgressive female figure from Chinese legend who may enjoy lasting popularity, but who also has a dubious moral standing when one examines her relationship to the eponymous young brothers. Snake Woman’s monstrous qualities are revived alongside the magical brothers as the proper counterpart to their superhuman feats in a Shanghai Animation Studio revival from 1986. This chapter shows this to be part of a history that reveals what Chinese culture holds to be both repugnant and appealing about a woman embedded in a children’s narrative.

Keywords:   Snake woman, Chinese culture, animation, Calabash Brothers, children’s narrative

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