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The Powers of Were-Goats in Tommaso Landolfi‘s La pietra lunare (The Moonstone)
Keala Jewell

Jewell links the were-animals in Tommaso Landolfis novel La pietra lunare to population ecology in the 1930s. Landolfi imagines and narrates a were-population explosion in the specific historical context of the changes fascism brought to rural life when it favored a grain-based economy. When state policy attempts to manage grazing populations and the culture of transhumance, the uncontrolled growth of fast-breeding, broad-ranging, mountain-going were-goats in the novel puts the validity of fascist agricultural policy into question. When in secret at the full moon they couple monstrously and multiply, were-animals thoroughly challenge the effectiveness of discourses of controlled population management.

Gothic Studies
Tristan Jean

disfigured girls and slaughterhouses, this constellation of marginal figures does capture many aspects of both the real life experience of banlieusards of Franju’s time and longstanding artistic traditions of how to depict it. When Les Yeux sans visage came out in 1959, the banlieue was in the middle of a population explosion, with the inner and outer rings going from accounting for 55.7% of the ‘central zone’ of the Ile-de-France region in 1954, to 61.7% of this region’s population in 1962; in concrete terms, this shift represents a net gain of 885,000 people in eight

in Screening the Paris suburbs