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Original languageEnglish
JournalGothic Studies
Journal publication dateDec 2017
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Dec 2017


In this article, I depart from the earlier opinions of Emily Gerard, Sabine Baring-Gould, and others, who explained the disappearance of the werewolf in folklore as following the extinction of the wolf. I argue instead that British literature is distinctive in representing a history of werewolf sightings in places in Britain where there were once wolves. I draw on the idea of absence, manifestations of the English eerie, and the turbulence of England in the era of late capitalism to illuminate my analysis of the representation of contemporary werewolf sightings


This article is developed from debates that were raised at the ‘Company of Wolves’ conference at the University of Hertfordshire in 2015. This saw me collaborate with scholars of animal and human behaviour and with the UK Wolf Trust. I was subsequently invited to present the research as a plenary talk at Manchester Gothic festival. It has already had impact therefore and has been instrumental in opening up debates about the extinction and re-wilding of British wolves through the extensive coverage it has received in the British media (see references in the article)

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