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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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Beauty and Her B(r)east(s): Monstrosity and College Women in The Jaguar

Beauty and Her B(r)east(s): Monstrosity and College Women in The Jaguar

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(p.239) 14 Beauty and Her B(r)east(s): Monstrosity and College Women in The Jaguar
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Monstrous Women in Comics
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Pauline J. Reynolds

Sara Durazo-DeMoss

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827623.003.0015

This chapter shows how idealized foreign, exotic female characters become monstrous in comics. Specifically, in their reading of The Jaguar, the authors of this chapter examine the ways ethnicity, female sexuality, and language mark the identity of Maria/The Jaguar as bestial and thus, position her as monstrous in ways that undermine her performance as a hero. Further, this chapter explores how a social role fraught with so much contradiction—both beast and hero—can reveal the lived complexity of navigating college campuses for real-world international students.

Keywords:   The Jaguar, female sexuality, ethnicity, higher education, exoticization

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