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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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Monochromatic Teats, Teeth, and Tentacles: Monstrous Visual Rhetoric in Stephen L. Stern and Christopher Steininger’s Beowulf: The Graphic Novel

Monochromatic Teats, Teeth, and Tentacles: Monstrous Visual Rhetoric in Stephen L. Stern and Christopher Steininger’s Beowulf: The Graphic Novel

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Monstrous Women in Comics
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Justin Wigard

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827623.003.0014

This chapter studies the way the visual depiction of the monster Grendel’s mother changes in the shift from literary epic to comic book. Through a close study of visual rhetoric in her creaturely body, this chapter reveals the way the portrayal of the monster perpetuates the desire to see gender performed in traditional ways. What is ancient is run through a modern comic lens to reveal problematic contemporary bias towards normative ideals of gender, even as they are embodied by a monster.

Keywords:   Beowulf, Grendel’s mother, monstrous bodies, gender norms, visual rhetoric

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