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She-wolfA cultural history of female werewolves$
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Hannah Priest

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089343

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089343.001.0001

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a history of female werewolves

(p.1) 1 Introduction

Hannah Priest

Manchester University Press

Drawing on material from the twelfth century to the present day, and from texts as diverse as medieval topographies, television series, lesbian erotica and children’s toys, this introduction sketches a history of representations of female werewolves. Identifying and examining dominant trans-historical tropes – such as hypersexualisation, anti-domesticity, violence – this essay also examines context- and media-specific elements of representation. Additionally, the introduction serves to define ‘werewolf’ and to give a summary of the ways in which this creature has been (mis)read in both scholarship and popular culture, which serves an introduction to the critical approaches taken in the subsequent chapters in the collection.

Keywords:   Werewolves, Violence, Anti-domesticity, Hypersexualisation, Popular Culture

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