Classical Monsters and Hero(ines) in InSEXts, Eros/Psyche and Porcelain




Comics, Eros, Psyche, Pygmalion, Medusa


This paper applies Monster Theory to the use of Greek mythology in three creator-owned comic series by female writers: InSEXts (2016 – 2017) by American comic writer Marguerite Bennett and Indonesian artist working in America Ariela Kristantina as well as Eros/Psyche (2021) and Porcelain (2021) by Maria Llovet, a comic writer and artist from Barcelona. In the first volume of InSEXts, set in Victorian London, there are allusions to the Furies and Pandora, linked with the discourse of the repression of women. In the second volume, set in the late nineteenth century Paris art world, the representation of classical subjects in art becomes a means to repress women, and a goddess with a Gorgon-like appearance takes revenge on the male repressors. In Eros/Psyche the story of Eros and Psyche and broken statues forms the backdrop and context for a tale of love and deception at a girls’ school, and in Porcelain a girl is faced with a choice of paths towards Eros or Thanatos, like Herakles at the crossroads choosing between the paths of virtue and vice. With reference to Cohen’s seven theses of Monster Culture I examine how Bennett and Lovett subvert the idea of the monster and the hero.

Author Biography

Amanda Potter, Open University and University of Liverpool

Dr Amanda Potter is a Visiting Fellow at the Open University, where she was awarded her PhD for her thesis on viewer reception of Greek mythology in Xena:Warrior Princess and Charmed and Honorary Fellow at the University of Liverpool, where she is co-editor for the Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology and Creativity blog. She has published widely on the ancient world in film, television and fanfiction, and co-edited (with Hunter Gardner) Ancient Epic in Film and Television (2021).