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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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Female werewolf as monstrous other in Honoré Beaugrand’s ‘The Werewolves’

Female werewolf as monstrous other in Honoré Beaugrand’s ‘The Werewolves’

(p.96) 6 Female werewolf as monstrous other in Honoré Beaugrand’s ‘The Werewolves’

Shannon Scott

Manchester University Press

By the nineteenth century, after wolves had been hunted to extinction in the northeast, and American Indian tribes were being forcibly removed from their land, authors such as Lydia Child, James Cooper, Catherine Sedgwick and Honoré Beaugrand frequently set their narratives during America’s colonial period, depicting American Indians as predatory, savage and explicitly wolf-like. This chapter focuses specifically on Canadian author Beaugrand’s ‘The Werewolves’, which first appeared in Century Illustrated Magazine in 1898. In this story, the parallel between wolves and Native Americans is taken a step further into the paranormal as members of the Mohawk nation transform into loups-garou or werewolves. The lycanthropic behaviour eventually distils down to a single figure, La-Linotte-Qui-Chante, an Iroquois woman and werewolf who marries a French corporal. This chapter examines Beaugrand’s female werewolf as a means of exploring relations between European settlers and American Indians both during the colonial period when the story is set and in the late nineteenth century when it is published, and will consider issues of displacement, intermarriage, gender, religious difference and disease.

Keywords:   Colonial period, Canada, Native American, Iroquois, Wolves, Werewolves

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