Hey, all. I figured, since I'm working on it harder than ever, that I'd start a topic about my thesis, The Werewolf: Past and Future. This is something I've wanted to sit down and write for most of my life now - a consolidated source of information on werewolf legends, and an examination of how werewolves weren't always the "evil monsters" they're so often seen as today. In the later chapters, I'm going to expand upon popular culture of today as well, including all the werewolves we see in books, movies, video games, graphic novels, etc., and how they're portrayed. The thesis is ultimately going to end with an exploration of how seeing wolves and werewolves as malevolent has affected societies as a whole over the course of history, resulting in largely negative consequences, such as extinction, hunting, and general misunderstanding, the likes of which we still struggle to leave behind, even today.
Keep in mind this is a rough draft. I'll be updating the existing pages with the finalized version sometime - probably - in May of this year.
Here's the info from my site, and links to each chapter:
This is the thesis I am currently writing to receive my Master's degree in English from Virginia Tech. I'll be posting updates here as I write each chapter, and I'll edit this section when I have a finalized version that I defended before a thesis committee. Therefore, everything you read here is, essentially, my working draft. My thesis is about werewolves: their history, their future, how werewolves came to be seen as malevolent, and how benevolent werewolves could benefit society.
Since the chapters of this thesis use footnotes, some of the formatting may be strange; be sure to click on the notes as they appear for the accompanying information. Some of the footnotes are very expansive upon the information in the chapter itself, so don't skip them.
- Chapter I - The Ancients and Werewolves
- Chapter II - Werewolves of the Middle Ages
- Chapter III - Werewolves Go Feral: The Transition into Modernity
- Chapter IV - The Moon Waxes: The Werewolf Popularity Surge
- Chapter V - The Benefits of Reintroducing the Benevolent Werewolf
- Conclusion - Turning the Tables (coming soon)
Comments and discussion are appreciated, as even just some talking about werewolves in history/popular culture, etc., could help me out and give me more ideas for later chapters in the thesis. Every chance to expand upon topics, stories, aspects, etc., that might've slipped my mind is helpful. And, of course, if anyone has any questions about anything at all to do with werewolves (in legend, popular culture, or whatever), please ask. I'm eager to discuss this subject (I always am ), and it'll help me move forward with my project.