The Powers of Were-Goats in Tommaso Landolfi‘s La pietra lunare (The Moonstone)
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.
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(furniture, textiles, carpets, cigarettes, explosives) and all the support industries necessary to sustain industrialisation on that scale led to a populationexplosion in the city's workforce, housed in once-handsome tenements built in areas such as Gorbals that, even before the end of Victoria's reign, were simply overwhelmed. Glasgow took a double economic hit during the recession that followed the Great War and, a decade later, the Great Depression. By the 1930s Gorbals tenements made the housing that Sean O’Casey was writing about in The Plough and the Stars , in
mistaken to see Daisy as a surrogate for Indira Gandhi,
when Raman thinks of her as a potent female ruler, reflecting
that, ‘In her previous incarnation, she must have been Queen
Victoria, or in a still earlier incarnation, Rani Jhansi, the warrior
queen of Indian history’ (PS 65),81 there is a hint of such an
identification. Earlier in what could be seen as a comic response
to Mrs Gandhi’s attempt to curb the populationexplosion
through wholesale vasectomies,82 he has thought that, ‘If she
were a despotic queen of ancient days, she would have ordered
the sawing off of