Review: Werewolves, Wolves and the Gothic

Excellent review by Scott that expertly analyses the stand out essays and themes of the collection.

The Dark Arts Journal

Werewolves, Wolves  and the Gothic

Edited by Robert McKay and John Miller. (Wales: University of Wales Press, 2017. 272 pages). ISBN 9781786831026

The eleven essays in McKay and Miller’s Werewolves, Wolves and the Gothic focus on a creature that has already been analysed critically in a number of texts in terms of the social anxieties it represents—i.e. class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender. According to the introduction, Werewolves is meant to offer a new perspective through the lens of the “ecoGothic,” where werewolves and wolves are both regarded as “perpetrators” and “subjects” of violence as a consequence of past extinction and current rewilding efforts (5). As a centralizing idea, it’s a lot to bite off, even for a “my-what-big-teeth-you-have” sort of monster, resulting in a collection that contains some profound insights and originality, but also instances where more chewing is needed for digestion.

Certain essays stand out in terms of…

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About Lucy Northenra

Dr Sam George, Coffin Boffin, Senior Lecturer in Literature, University of Hertfordshire, Convener Open Graves, Open Minds Project
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