Werewolves, Wolves and the Gothic (Edited Collection)

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Robert McKay & John Miller (University of Sheffield, UK)
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The window blind blew back with the wind that rushed in, and in the aperture of the broken panes there was the head of a great, gaunt gray wolf (Bram Stoker, Dracula)

Wolves lope across the gothic imagination. Signs of a pure animality opposed to the human, they become, in the figure of the werewolf, liminal creatures that move between the human and the animal: humans in animal form and animals in human form. They are metonyms of forbidding landscapes, an unsettling howl in the distance; more intimately, their imposing fangs and gaping mouths threaten a monstrous consumption. The gothic wolf is singular, anomalous but gothic wolves form a demonic multiplicity, a pack. Wolves and werewolves function as a site for working out or contesting complex anxieties of difference: of gender, class, race, space, nation or sexuality; but the imaginative and ideological uses of wolves also reflect back on the lives of material animals, long demonized and persecuted in their declining habitats across the world. Wolves, then, raise unsettling questions about the intersection of the real and the imaginary, the instability of human identities and the worldlines
s and political weight of the Gothic.

We welcome proposals for chapters on any aspect of wolves, werewolves and the Gothic on page or screen in any historical period for a collection of essays to be submitted to The University of Wales Press series of Gothic Literary Studies. We are particularly interested in proposals that seek to read gothic wolves in the context of material histories of (for example) human/animal relations; environmental development; empire and globalization; and gender and sexuality.

Please send chapter abstracts of 500 words along with a short biography to Robert McKay (r.mckay@sheffield.ac.uk) and John Miller (john.miller@sheffield.ac.uk) by July 31st, 2013. Completed essays will be 6500 words in length and will be commissioned in September 2013 for delivery in the autumn of 2014.

Topics and approaches may include, but are not restricted to: Lycanthropy/metamorphosis; Real and imaginary wolves; Animal ethics and the anthropomorphic imagination' Monstrosity; Fangs, mouths, the oral and the abject; Lupine presences and gothic spaces; Wolves and the Postcolonial Gothic; Captivity/escape; Wolf to Man – gothic politics from Plautus to Hobbes to Agamben; Gothic wolves, capital and globalization; Sublimity; Natural and unnatural histories; Wolf packs/lone wolves: multitudes and singularities; Ecocritical readings; Zoonosis; She-wolves, he-wolves and gender criticism; Wolfish appetite; Howling and gothic soundscapes; Queer readings; Dogs/wolves, ferity/ferocity; Wolves in sheep's clothing; Wolves and psychoanalysis from Freud to Deleuze and Guattari; Reforming the Gothic: comic (or teen) werewolves.