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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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I was a teenage she-wolf

I was a teenage she-wolf

boobs, blood and sacrifice

(p.129) 8 I was a teenage she-wolf

Hannah Priest

Manchester University Press

Written in 1989, Suzy McKee Charnas’s short story ‘Boobs’ presents adolescent Kelsey, who develops breasts and starts her periods before anyone else in her class. As she struggles to deal with the adult world of sexual violence, disease and pregnancy that her maturation seems to entail, she finds herself transforming nightly into a werewolf. This is not a straightforward paralleling of puberty with lycanthropy; the story rather explores the complexities of young adult identity formation. This chapter begins with an analysis of Charnas’s text, and explores a number of young adult paranormal romance novels that have been published in subsequent years. The chapter argues that, in the worlds of these fantasy novels, flux, mutability and change are presented as necessary for identity formation and development. As a counterpoint to this transformative model of identity construction stands Leah Clearwater, the sole female werewolf in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. The chapter concludes by arguing that to ‘be’ a teen werewolf is not necessarily a liberating state in YA fiction; rather, it is the state of ‘becoming-werewolf’, with the concomitant choice, will and self-expression, which is to be desired.

Keywords:   Young adult, Paranormal romance, Fantasy, Fiction, Identity construction, Adolescence, Transformative

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