Werewolves and Other Shapeshifters in Popular Culture: A Thematic Analysis of Recent Depictions

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McFarland, 1 окт. 2014 г. - Всего страниц: 211
In recent years, shapeshifting characters in literature, film and television have been on the rise. This has followed the increased use of such characters as metaphors, with novelists and critics identifying specific meanings and topics behind them. This book aims to unravel the shapeshifting trope. Rather than pursue a case-based study, the works are grouped around specific themes--adolescence, gender, sexuality, race, disability, addiction, and spirituality--that are explored through the metaphor of shapeshifting. Because of the transformative possibilities of this metaphor and its flexibility, the shapeshifter has the potential to change how we see our world. With coverage of iconic fantasy texts and a focus on current works, the book engages with the shapeshifting figure in popular culture from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
 

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I finally got around to reading this book after holding onto it for ages. I wish I had read it earlier! The authors did a great job presenting their analysis in a way that, although certainly ... Читать весь отзыв

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I was very excited about reading this book when I recieved it, because I have always been a big fan of werewolf movies, books and folklore. I was disappointed however by the book's focus on teen paranormal romance, pretty much to the exclusion of anything else. Читать весь отзыв

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Foreword
1
Preface
3
Introduction
5
1 Dear Diary I Become a Monster Once a Month
15
2 Wolf Boys and Wolf Girls
41
3 Till Death Do Us Part and Beyond
68
4 The Alpha Race
92
5 Shapeshifting and the Body
117
6 Coping Masking and Addiction
140
7 What to Do with Eternity? Shapeshifting and Spirituality
161
Conclusion
184
Works Cited
187
Index
195
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Kimberley McMahon-Coleman has a PhD in literature from the University of Wollongong, where she currently works as the Academic Director of Regional Campuses. Her research interests include the Gothic, Indigenous literature, popular culture, and academic language and learning. Roslyn Weaver has a PhD in literature from the University of Wollongong and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in medical humanities at Western Sydney University. Her research interests include apocalypse, popular culture, children’s literature, and speculative fiction.

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