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Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic

Werewolf Histories

Editors: de Blécourt, Willem (Ed.)

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Werewolf Histories is the first academic book in English to address European werewolf history and folklore from antiquity to the twentieth century. It covers the most important werewolf territories, ranging from Scandinavia to Germany, France and Italy, and from Croatia to Estonia.

About the authors

Johannes Dillinger, Oxford Brookes University, UK Matteo Duni, Syracuse University in Florence, Italy Richard L. Gordon, University of Erfurt, Germany Merili Metsvahi, University of Tartu, Estonia Maja Pasari?, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Croatia Aleks Pluskowski, University of Reading, UK Rolf Schulte, University of Kiel, Germany Michèle Simonsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Christa Agnes Tuczay, University of Vienna, Austria Rita Voltmer, University of Trier, Germany

Reviews

“Werewolf Histories is a fascinating look at the diversity of beliefs about werewolves, and a valuable reminder of the different contexts in which these beliefs occur. … Werewolf Histories is packed with fascinating analysis of an under-examined piece of folklore. It’s particularly compelling because of the way in which it looks at the phenomenon of werewolf belief from several different scholarly perspectives.” (James Holloway, Fortean Times, Vol. 335, December, 2015)

'The volume's aims, as outlined in de Blécourt's introductory essay, are met by the essays collected, particularly the stated intention to mark a 'transition from popular werewolf publications to academic historical perspectives'. The clear and nuanced historical perspectives presented certainly set the volume apart from the putative 'werewolf history' presented in the popular publications that are commonly cited in studies of contemporary literary and cinematic werewolves.' Hannah Priest, Swansea University, UK


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • The Differentiated Werewolf: An Introduction to Cluster Methodology

    Blécourt, Willem

    Pages 1-24

  • Good to Think: Wolves and Wolf-Men in the Graeco-Roman World

    Gordon, Richard

    Pages 25-60

  • Into the Wild — Old Norse Stories of Animal Men

    Tuczay, Christa Agnes

    Pages 61-81

  • Before the Werewolf Trials: Contextualising Shape-Changers and Animal Identities in Medieval North-Western Europe

    Pluskowski, Aleksander

    Pages 82-120

  • ‘What about Some Good Wether?’ Witches and Werewolves in Sixteenth-Century Italy

    Duni, Matteo

    Pages 121-141

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Hardcover $109.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Werewolf Histories
Editors
  • Willem de Blécourt
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52634-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-52634-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52633-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 260
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