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Howling (And Bleeding) At The Moon: Menstruation, Monstrosity And The Double In The Ginger Snaps Werewolf Trilogy, Erin M. Flaherty May 2008

Howling (And Bleeding) At The Moon: Menstruation, Monstrosity And The Double In The Ginger Snaps Werewolf Trilogy, Erin M. Flaherty

Honors College Theses

In this essay, I explore the radical reframing of the traditional werewolf narrative with respect to the figure of the double and the abject female body in the Ginger Snaps werewolf trilogy. Notable theorists discussed herein include Barbara Creed, Carol Clover, Julia Kristeva, April Miller and Robin Wood.

Throughout both its folkloric and cinematic history, the creature of the werewolf has been constructed almost invariably as a male monster suffering within a Jekyll and Hyde-like narrative of the double. An otherwise exemplary member of Robin Wood’s society of surplus repression, the male lycanthrope is doomed to endure a monthly ...