Tag Archives: Wolves

Contains Cannibalism and Barry Manilow

This was my “trigger warning” for our Becoming a Reader class this week in which we rounded off our work on traditional tales with a rendition of The Story of the Grandmother – and the meeting at the crossroads with … 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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Are we lacking in stories about real kids?

Abigail makes a good point in Like a Real Life where she asks “why are children’s picture books hardly ever about children?” She raises the issue of anthropomorphism in a slightly different way: are real children really “soooo thirty years ago”? … 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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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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Correction and addition

I am no longer sure that the wolves were what was A l’envers in my previous post.  What often moves around I this story is not, of course, the wolf, who remains the familiar predatory, possibly sexual bzou (this link … Continue reading

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