The Essential Guide To Werewolf Literature

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    In this fascinating book, Brian J. Frost presents the first full-scale survey of werewolf literature covering both fiction and nonfiction works. He identifies principal elements in the werewolf myth, considers various theories of the phenomenon of shapeshifting, surveys nonfiction books, and traces the myth from its origins in ancient superstitions to its modern representations in fantasy and horror fiction.
    Frost’s analysis encompasses fanciful medieval beliefs, ...
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Overview

    In this fascinating book, Brian J. Frost presents the first full-scale survey of werewolf literature covering both fiction and nonfiction works. He identifies principal elements in the werewolf myth, considers various theories of the phenomenon of shapeshifting, surveys nonfiction books, and traces the myth from its origins in ancient superstitions to its modern representations in fantasy and horror fiction.
    Frost’s analysis encompasses fanciful medieval beliefs, popular works by Victorian authors, scholarly treatises and medical papers, and short stories from pulp magazines of the 1930s and 1940s. Revealing the complex nature of the werewolf phenomenon and its tremendous and continuing influence, The Essential Guide to Werewolf Literature is destined to become a standard reference on the subject.
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"Both a superior source of research and a fun read!"—Gary Hoppenstand, Michigan State University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879728601
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 10/14/2003
  • Series: A Ray and Pat Browne Book Series
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 1,225,703
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian J. Frost is the author of Book of the Werewolf and The Monster with a Thousand Faces: Guises of the Vampire in Myth and Literature.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Werewolf Phenomenon 3
2 A Survey of Reference Works 30
3 The Werewolf Enters Fiction 50
4 A New Approach 106
5 The Beast Within 144
6 The Boom Years 187
7 Werewolf Anthologies 239
Bibliography 259
Index 333
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