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Maisha Wester and Xavier Aldana Reyes

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474440929

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440929.001.0001

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Contemporary Werewolves

Contemporary Werewolves

(p.144) Chapter 10 Contemporary Werewolves
Twenty-First-Century Gothic

Kaja Franck

Sam George

Edinburgh University Press

Twenty-first-century werewolves (following vampires) have become humanised, as identity politics have become mainstream and the Other assimilated. Young Adult fiction and paranormal romance have proved to be where the most radical transformations of the theme have occurred. Two other, related, strands are to be found: ecology has shaped our understanding of creatures which oscillate between nature and culture, and the Ecogothic has generated more positive representations of hybridity and animality. There are now werewolf hauntings and sightings, and a revival of folkloric elements which posit the new werewolf as the spectre wolf. This chapter charts these recent shifts and manifestations. The focus throughout is on literature and contemporary urban myths involving werewolves in the media but similar incarnations of the new werewolf in film, TV, videogames and comics are also acknowledged.

Keywords:   werewolves, Ecogothic, wolf, Young Adult fiction, literature, folklore, film

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