The girlie werewolf hall of fame: historical and contemporary figurations of the female lycanthrope

Cininas, J 2013, The girlie werewolf hall of fame: historical and contemporary figurations of the female lycanthrope, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Art, RMIT University.


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Title The girlie werewolf hall of fame: historical and contemporary figurations of the female lycanthrope
Author(s) Cininas, J
Year 2013
Abstract The Girlie Werewolf Hall of Fame: Historical and Contemporary Figurations of the Female Lycanthrope is a visually-based project that identifies individual women, both real and fictional, from throughout Western history who embody diverse aspects of the werewolf legend. The key outcome is a gallery of original reduction linocut portraits which, together, create a novel visual mythography of the female werewolf informed by the myriad incarnations of female lycanthropy while also bringing to light hidden or forgotten narratives. An accompanying exegesis serves to contextualise the portraits within the history of representations of female lycanthropy, including works by contemporary visual artists who explore conflations of lupine and feminine identity.

The original portraits and exegesis that make up The Girlie Werewolf Hall of Fame: Historical and Contemporary Figurations of the Female Lycanthrope have been framed by the following questions:
• Who might fulfil the cultural and/or historical criteria necessary to be identified as a female werewolf
• How might one visually represent the ‘attributes’ that identify an individual as a female werewolf?
• What are some of the ways in which changing representations of female werewolves throughout history serve as barometers for cultural change?

Together, the portraits and the exegesis document the history of female lycanthropy while offering novel possibilities for imagining and interpreting female lycanthropy.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Keyword(s) Female werewolves
lycanthropy
hirsutism
printmaking
human-animal studies
monsters and the monstrous
witchcraft
vampirism
women’s suffrage movement
Red Riding Hood
Angela Carter
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