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The Company of Wolves$
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James Gracey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325314

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325314.001.0001

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Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

(p.13) Chapter One: Once Upon a Time
The Company of Wolves

James Gracey

Liverpool University Press

This chapter introduces Neil Jordan, who was born in Rosses Point, County Sligo on 25 February 1950, and studied English and History at University College Dublin. It talks about Jordan's first book, a collection of short stories titled Night in Tunisia in 1976, which feature many themes and ideas that Jordan would revisit throughout his career, including sexual relationships and notions of identity, and an experimental approach to perspective and narrative. The chapter also discusses Jordan's unique approach to storytelling that helped usher in a new kind of filmmaking in Ireland and radically changed perceptions of Irish culture for international audiences. It examines how Jordan's idiosyncratic approach to storytelling became more striking with each successive film. Finally, the chapter mentions The Company of Wolves as Jordan's second film and first foray into the realms of Gothic horror.

Keywords:   The Company of Wolves, Neil Jordan, Night in Tunisia, sexual relationships, storytelling, Irish culture, Gothic horror

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