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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. T ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published September 22nd 2008 by McFarland and Company, Inc. (first published August 30th 2008)
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Finn Longman
Love a good medieval werewolf. Even if a previous reader objected to some of Sconduto's translations from French and wrote firmly in the margin WRONG (without offering a better translation, which was somewhat unhelpful of them). Though this doesn't include the stories themselves, it has enough details about a few texts to cover the basics, which is good, because I couldn't find an English translation of "Melion" when I looked. Also, observation: "Arthur and Gorlagon" is... intense. The ending is ...more
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
Jan 05, 2011 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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Ksenia
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grad-school
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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