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Curse of the Werewolf

Fantasy, Horror and the Beast Within

Curse of the Werewolf by Bourgault du Coudray Chantal
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Half-man half-myth, the werewolf has over the years infiltrated popular culture in many strange and varied shapes, from Gothic horror to the 'body horror' films of the 1980s and today’s graphic novels. Yet despite enormous critical interest in myths and in monsters, from vampires to cyborgs, the figure of the werewolf has been strangely overlooked. Embodying our primal fears - of anguished masculinity, of ‘the beast within’ - the werewolf, argues Bourgault du Coudray, has revealed in its various lupine guises radically shifting attitudes to the human psyche. Tracing the werewolf’s ‘use’ by anthropologists and criminologists and shifting interpretations of the figure – from the ‘scientific’ to the mythological and psychological - Bourgault du Coudray also sees the werewolf in Freud's 'wolf-man' case and in the sinister use of wolf imagery in Nazism. The Curse of the Werewolf looks finally at the werewolf's revival in contemporary fantasy, where she finds in this supposedly conservative genre a fascinating new model of the human’s relationship to nature. Required reading for students of fantasy, myth and monsters – and no self-respecting werewolf should be without it.
I.B.Tauris; August 2006
237 pages; ISBN 9780857711878
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Title: Curse of the Werewolf
Author: Bourgault du Coudray Chantal