The Lycanthropy Reader: Werewolves in Western Culture

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Charlotte F. Otten
Syracuse University Press, 1 дек. 1986 г. - Всего страниц: 356
Our understanding of lycanthropy is limited by our association of it with contemporary portrayals of werewolves in horror films and gothic fiction. No rational person today believes that a human being can literally be metamorphosed into a wolf; therefore, in the absence of an historical context, the study of werewolves can appear to be a wayward pursuit of the perversely irrational and the sensational. This Reader provides the historical context Drawing on primary sources, it is a comprehensive survey of all aspects of lycanthropy, with a focus on the medieval and Renaissance periods. Lycanthropes were on trial in the courtrooms of Europe, and on examination in medical offices and mental hospitals; they were the objects of communal fear and pity, and the subjects of sermons and philosophical treatises. In the Introduction to the Reader, Charlotte Otten shows that the study of lycanthropy uncovers basic issues in human life the significance of violence and criminality, the role of the demonic in aberrant behavior, and ultimately the nature of good and evil The implications for modern life are immediately apparent. The Reader is divided into six sections ( 1) Medical Cases, Diagnoses, Descriptions; (2) Trial Records, Historical Accounts, Sightings; (3) Philosophical and Theological Approaches to Metamorphosis; ( 4) Critical Essays on Lycanthropy (Anthropology, History, and Medicine); (5) Myths and Legends; and (6) Allegory . Each section has an introduction that summarizes and interprets the materials.
 

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With very little, if any original writing, this anthology reads more like a hardbound coursepack than a study. This may have had some value in 1986, but the same work could be accomplished now with a ... Читать весь отзыв

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A Case of Lycanthropy
31
Admirable Histories
41
A Treatise
47
A Wolf Which Conversed with a Priest
57
Stubbe Peeter
69
into Beasts
106
Of Transformations
115
MenWoolfes
127
The Scientific Status of Demonology
168
Medicine
193
Lycaon and Jupiter
227
Arthur and Gorlagon
234
The Lay of the WereWolf
256
The Werewolf
262
A Breton Legend
269
The WereWolf
286

Anthropology
142
History
151
Witchcraft in France and Switzerland
161

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Charlotte F. Otten is professor of English, Calvin College, and the author of Environ'd with Eternity, God, Poems, and Plants in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century England. Otten has published widely in journals such as the Huntington Library Quarterly, English Literary Renaissance, and Medical Heritage.

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