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Pagliassotti, Dru. "“People keep giving me rings, but I think a small death ray might be more practical”: Women and mad science in steampunk comics." Neo-Victorian Humour. Comic Subversions and Unlaughter in Contemporary Historical Re-Visions. Eds. Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben. Neo-Victorian Series. Amsterdam [etc.]: Rodopi, 2017. 213–46. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.1163/9789004336612_010
BibTeX citation key: Pagliassotti2017
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Categories: General
Keywords: "2D Goggles", "Girl Genius", "Next Town Over", "The Astonishing Excursions of Helen Narbon & Co.", Foglio. Kaja, Foglio. Phil, Garrity. Shaenon, Gender, Humor, Mehlo. Eirin, Padua. Sydney, Postmodernism, Sciences, Steampunk, Stereotypes, Webcomics
Creators: Gutleben, Kohlke, Pagliassotti
Publisher: Rodopi (Amsterdam [etc.])
Collection: Neo-Victorian Humour. Comic Subversions and Unlaughter in Contemporary Historical Re-Visions
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The ›mad scientist‹ arose in Victorian literature in 1818 to warn readers of the perils of unrestrained science and technology. Nearly two hundred years of subsequent appearances in literature and film have firmly established the archetype of the male mad scientist in popular consciousness. Female mad scientists, however, have been much less common. Four relatively recent steampunk webcomics – Shaenon Garrity’s The Astonishing Excursions of Helen Narbon & Co.: Or, A Voyage to the Moon (2000–2006), Sydney Padua’s 2D Goggles: Or the Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage (2009–present), Eirin Mehlo’s Next Town Over (2010–present), Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genius (2001–present) – evolve the received stereotype, portraying female mad scientists as comic protagonists and deriving humour from their postmodern transgression of genre and gender stereotypes.

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