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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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The Big Bad Wolf

The Big Bad Wolf

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(p.85) Chapter Five: The Big Bad Wolf
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The Company of Wolves
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James Gracey

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325314.003.0006

This chapter discusses the stories and myths regarding humans turning into wolves that have fascinated and terrified people for millennia and continue to speak of an elementary aspect of the collective human consciousness. It talks about the common perception of the werewolf that derives from its myriad representations in folklore, literature, and cinema. It also mentions The Book of Were-Wolves by Sabine Baring-Gould and Werwolves by Elliott O'Donnell in reference to the occurrence of lycanthropy that is invoked as the result of a curse, or through the practice of diabolical occult rituals. This chapter mentions the most widespread ideas of lycanthropy that and originate from Hollywood cinema. It mentions historical anthropologist and witchcraft scholar Willem de Blécourt from Werewolf Histories, who references antiquated tales from Estonia and Russia concerning women who unwittingly marry werewolves.

Keywords:   The Company of Wolves, Neil Jordan, human consciousness, folklore, literature, cinema, lycanthropy

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