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Fur, hair and subversive female lycanthropy
Jazmina Cininas

, especially the female body. Notwithstanding three waves of feminism, John Bulwer’s 1654 declaration that ‘woman is by nature smooth and delicate; and if she have many hairs she is a monster’ 3 still holds true almost four centuries later. The glut of depilatory products on the market (never mind the proliferation of Brazilian waxing salons) advertises that female body hair – in any form – remains disturbing

in She-wolf
Young Adult literature and the metaphorical wolf
Kaja Franck

stereotypes regarding the passivity of women, it does so at the expense of the wolf. Lycanthropy is still connected with the unleashing of the ‘beast within’. The connection between puberty and the emergence of lycanthropy recurs in male teenage werewolves. The premise of Teen Wolf (both the film from 1985 and the television series which premiered in 2011) is that ‘PUBERTY IS WEREWOLFISM’, as exhibited in the parallels between the increase in body hair, speed and physical prowess that come with both puberty in young men and turning into a werewolf

in In the company of wolves
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A history of female werewolves
Hannah Priest

similarities between these two werewolves. Issues of corporeality and the non-normative female body arise. Both texts offer, though in different ways and to differing degrees, a depiction of the female body that, while not explicitly monstrous, has an uneasy emphasis on potentially abject features. Gerald’s werewolf has an ‘old’ body; Harrison’s Clawdeen has excessive body hair. Additionally, both these female

in She-wolf
Steven Bruhm

stock 1950s horror movie, in which our hero, a connoisseur of the obvious, tells her that he is not like other guys, that he is, well, different. We see the nature of this difference when he suddenly becomes a teenage werewolf and chases his hapless lady through a dark wood. In this transformation he becomes much more Michael than he was before: hands and fingernails elongate, facial and body hair grow

in Queering the Gothic