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Monsters of the Gévaudan : the making of a beast, Jay M. Smith

Label
Monsters of the Gévaudan : the making of a beast
Title
Monsters of the Gévaudan
Title remainder
the making of a beast
Statement of responsibility
Jay M. Smith
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In a brilliant, original rendition, Monsters of the Gévaudan revisits a spellbinding French tale that has captivated imaginations for over two hundred years, and offers the definitive explanation of the strange events that underlie this timeless story. In 1764 a peasant girl was killed and partially eaten while tending a flock of sheep. Eventually, over a hundred victims fell prey to a mysterious creature, or creatures, whose cunning and deadly efficiency terrorized the region and mesmerized Europe. The fearsome aggressor quickly took on mythic status, and the beast of the Gévaudan passed into French folklore. What species was this killer, why did it decapitate so many of its victims, and why did it prefer the flesh of women and children? Why did contemporaries assume that the beast was anything but a wolf, or a pack of wolves, as authorities eventually claimed, and why is the tale so often ignored in histories of the ancien régime? Smith finds the answer to these last two questions in an accident of timing. The beast was bound to be perceived as strange and anomalous because its ravages coincided with the emergence of modernity itself. Expertly situated within the social, intellectual, cultural, and political currents of French life in the 1760s, Monsters of the Gévaudan will engage a wide range of readers with both its recasting of the beast narrative and its compelling insights into the allure of the monstrous in historical memory
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Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1961-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, Jay M.
Dewey number
599.7730944/81
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
DC611.G4
LC item number
S64 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gévaudan (France)
  • Popular culture
  • Beast of Gévaudan
  • Wolf attacks
  • Wolves
  • Monsters
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Discourse analysis, Narrative
  • NATURE
  • HISTORY
  • Beast of Gévaudan
  • Discourse analysis, Narrative
  • Manners and customs
  • Monsters
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Popular culture
  • Wolf attacks
  • Wolves
  • France
  • France
Label
Monsters of the Gévaudan : the making of a beast, Jay M. Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The beast and its world -- Sounding the alarm -- Monsters real and imagined -- Digesting defeat -- A star is born -- The perils of publicity -- Heroes and skeptics -- Exaggerated expectations and extraordinary endings -- Narrative echoes past and present -- Conclusion: The beast in history -- Note on place names
Control code
709593091
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (378 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674061323
Lccn
2010044994
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/harvard.9780674061323
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1j3b9d
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)709593091
Label
Monsters of the Gévaudan : the making of a beast, Jay M. Smith
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The beast and its world -- Sounding the alarm -- Monsters real and imagined -- Digesting defeat -- A star is born -- The perils of publicity -- Heroes and skeptics -- Exaggerated expectations and extraordinary endings -- Narrative echoes past and present -- Conclusion: The beast in history -- Note on place names
Control code
709593091
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (378 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674061323
Lccn
2010044994
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/harvard.9780674061323
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1j3b9d
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)709593091

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