How does transformation reflect one’s identity? Why are C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien’s werewolves inherently evil? Who is The Gmork? What role does the werewolf play in literature? These are some of the many questions that Curtis Runstedler answered with his recent guest curation on werewolves for READ on Twitter.
From Lycaon to Bisclavret to Remus Lupin, the werewolf has been an iconic figure in social consciousness. Yet the werewolf has often been condemned throughout history, seen as bloodthirsty and savage, with links to cannibalism and predatory behaviour. Beginning with the story of Lycaon in Ovid, this series reassessed the role of the werewolf, revealing that its role in literature is much more multifaceted and metaphorical than one would expect. Travelling through the medieval romance, Old Norse sagas, and the Renaissance, the series finally arrived in the present, looking at the werewolf as victim and victimiser in Harry Potter, as well as the werewolves in the literary worlds of Stephen King, C.S. Lewis, and more.
In addition to his tweets, Curtis explores the werewolf in this podcast on werewolves in medieval romances.
Curtis also wrote a series of posts on this blog:
- Werewolf Week Revisited
- The Werewolf’s Rational Soul in the Medieval Romance
- Top Ten Werewolf Books of All Time
- The Werewolf Among Us
- Hour of the Wolf: A Werewolf Symposium (2 July)
Curtis originally presented his series from 27 June-11 July 2015. For more on his werewolf research, find him on twitter @Curtis_Chthonic .