Tag Archives: Traditional tales

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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Nativity Plays…

…are always poignant, partly because Christmas brings its own nostalgias, regrets, hopes and fears. Julian Grenier in Inside the Secret Garden has posted a really lovely incident of a child who overcomes a sadness with a sense of wonder: “He had held … Continue reading

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Teeny Tiny and the Witch Woman

Fantastic animated version of Michael Foreman’s illustrations http://youtu.be/dR0L_aBp490 – but I’ll present this here sans paroles, letting the story speak for itself for now.

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Merlin, Arthur, Bath

No, not some odd piece of fan fiction: this weekend’s visit to Bath raised further questions about ‘real’ landscapes and traditional tales. It is certainly something of a tourist pull – I admit I felt it myself. Had the ‘real’ … Continue reading

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Alice

Some thoughts on Alice in Wonderland for the class Monday 16th August. Key to my reading – and it is only my reading – of Alice is the theme that runs through a lot of my thinking: exploring the models … Continue reading

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Wolves and humans

There are plenty of organizations concerned with wolves in the UK. This link takes us to a site selling hybrids very close to wolves not so much as pets as companions (the site warns) and this organisation is working to … Continue reading

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The landscape of traditional tales

I am writing this when any sensible, diurnal person would be long in bed – where, as a penitential exercise, the monks of La Grande Chartreuse are about to perform the ‘reclaim the night’ they have done since their inception.  … Continue reading

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