Tag Archives: Traditional tales

The Back of a Shadow

We have been looking at fatherhood and (not quite a coincidence) looking at the work of Alan Garner, and for me they came together here, in Ludchurch.   I am not going to draft out a whole history of Lud, … Continue reading

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My Brother Esau

Over a first coffee, I was challenged this morning (this is why I love my job) about whether I would accord some kind of race-memory to the notion of the wild man. I am not at all sure we can … Continue reading

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What to do with a Big Bad Wolf 12:00-13:00

Apparently the talk didn’t go too badly – it certainly was well attended by many admired colleagues from admin and teaching/research teams as well as some amazing visitors. Here are the principal ideas, anyway: There are multiple versions of the … Continue reading

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Red Riding Hood’s Reality Check

I’m due to give a talk next week, and someone – not unkindly – asked if it would be my “Jack Zipes Shitck.” And actually I’m rather hoping not. What I will be doing is looking at Werewolves – and … Continue reading

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Ancient Darkness and other landscapes

Sitting at the end of a hectic day in the prestigious John Henry Brookes building at work, having handed in the exam paperwork and completed another piece of documentation for the treadmill of quality assurance, I am looking forward to immersing … Continue reading

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Father Christmas: an apology

In Private Eye there is a running gag in which news media retract a statement about a celebrity and change it to the opposite: David Cameron is not a rich idiot but the saviour of the nation; David Beckham is … Continue reading

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Zombies

My main idea – there aren’t many – for tomorrow (Thurs 30th, School of Education Hallowe’en Seminar) is to look at the notion of the oath suggested by practice in Singapore and by Tristram Hunt on his return from his … Continue reading

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Black Dogs

I want to move away from “my” wolves and werewolves to their cousin, Black Shuck. Black Shuck, the demon dog whose appearance heralds death, is a now-forgotten standard of English Folklore. He is well represented here, in what could be … Continue reading

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Wolves, dogs, werewolves and stories

In a  break from marking I was intrigued to find this image come up for me on Twitter (from Kathleen McCallum on Twitter but it’s on @nickswarb if you follow me). I am unsure – party because I don’t read … Continue reading

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Return of the Werewolves?

Sarah’s ever-inventive LOLManuscripts and ITV’s magnificent Broadchurch on the telly tonight made me make explicit some connections that are latent in a lot of thinking about werewolves. Sabine Baring-Gould’s Book of Werewolves is full of relished detail, picking out bits … Continue reading

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