Female werewolf as monstrous other in Honoré Beaugrand’s ‘The Werewolves’
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In American and Canadian literature of the nineteenth century, indigenous peoples of North America were frequently equated with wild animals, particularly wolves. By the nineteenth century, wolves had been hunted to extinction in the north-east and their loss has often been linked in literature with the forced removal of North American tribes from their land. Nineteenth-century authors such as James Fenimore Cooper and Honoré Beaugrand chose to set their narratives during America's colonial period when Native Americans and wolves were still mainly in possession of their land and considered a threat to European colonists. In 'The Werewolves', published in 1898 in Century Illustrated Magazine, Canadian author Honoré Beaugrand takes the motif of 'Indians' as wolflike one step further by transforming them completely into loup-garous or werewolves. As a werewolf, La-Linotte-Qui-Chante is the ultimate symbol of otherness in nineteenth-century fiction, female, indigenous and monstrous.


A cultural history of female werewolves

Editor: Hannah Priest


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