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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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UFO (Unusual Female Other) Sightings in Saucer Country/State: Metaphors of Identity and Presidential Politics

UFO (Unusual Female Other) Sightings in Saucer Country/State: Metaphors of Identity and Presidential Politics

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(p.257) 15 UFO (Unusual Female Other) Sightings in Saucer Country/State: Metaphors of Identity and Presidential Politics
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Monstrous Women in Comics
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Christina M. Knopf

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827623.003.0016

This final chapter shows us how a strong female lead might resist monstrosity in the pursuit of political power. As an abused, divorced, Mexican-American woman, Arcadia Alvarado, is solidly situated in the margins of the fictional US society depicted in Saucer Country. Despite being marked as monstrous because of her race and gender, Alvarado finds her strength in resisting the monstrous political norms that dominate her U.S. context, rather than embracing them. I In this science-fictional world (which reveals the real intersectional failings of the American political world), Alvarado transgresses her assigned role as marginalized “other” by powerfully performing as a political leader without becoming a monster.

Keywords:   Saucer Country, US politics, race, gender, marginalization

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