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WEREWOLVES: THE OUTSIDER ON THE INSIDE IN ICELANDIC AND FRENCH MEDIEVAL LITERATURE

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The contemporary viewpoint of the werewolf is mostly dominated by a horrific image of a misshapen beast that must be slain. This narrow view of the Monster as always Monstrous is incorrect. The werewolf was never meant to be an irredeemable thing and to distance ourselves from it as an audience is to miss the point of the metamorphic creature. Through examining two Medieval texts, the Völsunga Saga and Bisclavret, I show that the shape-shifter always had a chance for redemption. It is the actions of the Monster within the culture it originates from that shows it to be an individual that might be recovered from the margins of society. By placing a cultural understanding around the violence done by these creatures, their actions can be seen through the proper lens and their location within their society, as insider or outsider, can be determined.
subject
Beast
Insider
Monster
Monstrous
Outsider
Werewolf
contributor
Modugno, Steven (author)
Overing, Gillian (committee chair)
Boyer, Tina (committee member)
date
2018-05-24T08:36:02Z (accessioned)
2018-05-24T08:36:02Z (available)
2018 (issued)
degree
English (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/90707 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
WEREWOLVES: THE OUTSIDER ON THE INSIDE IN ICELANDIC AND FRENCH MEDIEVAL LITERATURE
type
Thesis

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