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The Curse of the Werewolf

Chantal Bourgault du Coudray



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25 August 2006
Folklore, myths & legends; Anthropology; Horror Reference
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 the sinister use of wolf imagery in Nazism. The Curse of the Werewolf looks finally at the werewolf's revival in contemporary fantasy, finding in this supposedly conservative genre a fascinating new model of the human's relationship to nature. It is a required reading for students of fantasy, myth and monsters. No self-respecting werewolf should be without it.
By:   Chantal Bourgault du Coudray
Imprint:   I B TAURUS
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   372g
ISBN:   9781845111588
ISBN 10:   1845111583
Publication Date:   25 August 2006
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Curse of the Werewolf

<p>&#8216;Now, Chantal Dourgault du Coudray has provided a fascinating study of this enduring figure, paying particular attention to the werewolf&#8217;s shifting and complex relationship with notions of selfhood, gender and nature.&#8217;&nbsp; - FILM INTERNATIONAL , Vol.6 2008

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