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Encountering the Werewolf—Confronting the Self: On and Off the Path to The Company of Wolves

  • Laura Hubner
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Abstract

This chapter examines British movies—The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), Legend of the Werewolf (1975), The Company of Wolves (1984)—as well as werewolf films that feature Britain, including Werewolf of London (1935), The Wolf Man (1941) and An American Werewolf in London (1981). It investigates werewolves’ origins and migrations, as films demarcate territories of ‘home’ and the exotic or marginalized, amidst the multiple versions of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ that permeate the films. Motivating reflection on what makes us human, or animal, the werewolf expresses tensions between conscious / unconscious (or repressed / liberated), predicated upon a dualistic (Jekyll / Hyde) understanding of self /‘other,’ or culture / nature. Despite the films’ final containment, their critique of societal repression has an indelible force.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Media and Film StudiesUniversity of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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