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Metamorphoses of the Werewolf: A Literary Study from Antiquity Through the Renaissance

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The mythical werewolf is known for its sudden transformation under the full moon, but the creature also underwent a narrative evolution from bloodthirsty creature to antihero. Beginning with The Epic of Gilgamesh, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and accounts in Petronius' Satyricon, the book analyzes the context that created the traditional image of the werewolf as a savage beast. ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published September 19th 2008 by McFarland & Company (first published August 30th 2008)
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Andre
This book by Leslie A. Sconduto was very interesting for me. What must be said however is that it is really very factual so it is not for beginners.
Those who have a genuine interest in the development of the werewolf in literature should not miss this book. It deals with the most popular stories of werewolf literature from antiquity to the Renaissance to the werewolf trials. Although the author goes into more details on historical werewolf cases and views on the possibility or impossibility of m
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Melanti
Nov 23, 2013 Melanti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, nonfiction, 2011
This is a fascinating look at how portrayals of werewolves have changed over the centuries. Though very scholarly, it's very accessible; I had no trouble following it even though I only have a passing familiarity with medieval French literature. Sconduto looks at primary literature from each period (primarily French lays, romances, and court documents) and provides passages both in the original language along with an English translation.

What I found most intriguing about this is the tie back to
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Is it wrong to really like a book I needed to read in order to write a paper? Will definitely be revisiting this one day.
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