Wolves in the Wolds: Late Capitalism, the English Eerie, and the Wyrd Case of ‘Old Stinker’ the Hull Werewolf

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Abstract

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
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-84
Number of pages17
JournalGothic Studies
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

Keywords

  • wolves
  • werewolves
  • Hull
  • Old Stinker
  • eerie
  • wolds

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