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Shapeshifters : a history

Author: John B Kachuba
Publisher: London : Reaktion Books Ltd, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A cultural history of the myths, magic, and meaning surrounding shapeshifters. Featuring an array of examples from history, literature, film, TV, and computer games, it explores our secret desire to become something other than human.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John B Kachuba
ISBN: 178914079X 9781789140798
OCLC Number: 1041765423
Description: 200 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Entering the world of the shapeshifter --
1. Gods and goddesses: Shapeshifters in antiquity --
2. When men become gods: Mortal shapeshifters --
3. The power of transformation --
4. Fay, Faerie and Folk shapeshifters: Europe --
5. Fay, Faerie and Folk shapeshifters around the world --
6. The werewolf --
7. The vampire --
8. Fluid shapeshifters: Sex, gender and identity --
9. Shapeshifters in popular culture: Literature and the media --
10. Final transformation.
Responsibility: John B. Kachuba.

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A cultural history of the myths, magic, and meaning surrounding shapeshifters. Featuring an array of examples from history, literature, film, TV, and computer games, it explores our secret desire to become something other than human.

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"Kachuba has written a terrifically entertaining exploration of shapeshifting, from ancient folklore and fairy tales to Transformers and Twilight. I loved learning about skinwalkers, French Read more...

 
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