Truthful and Frightening Description of the many Sorcerers or Witches: An English Translation

Keywords: Petter Stump, Peter Stump, Peter Stumpf, Peter Stumpp, witches, werewolves, Devil Anonymous, Warhafftige und erschreckliche beschreibung von einem zauberer (Stupe Peter genandt) der sich zu einem wehrwolff hat können machen welcher zu Bedbur vier meilen von Cölln gelegen ist gerichtet worden den 31. October dieses 1589. jahrs was böser thaten er begangen hat. Auch wei… Continue reading Truthful and Frightening Description of the many Sorcerers or Witches: An English Translation

Representations of Monsters in German Renaissance Prints

Keywords: Human-animal hybrids, Monstrous Races, Monstrous Births, Wild Man, Werewolves Representations of human-animal hybrids and the concept of shape-shifting in both literary sources and the visual arts captured the early modern European imagination. This is particularly evident in the prevalence of pictorial prints featuring these creatures dated in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries that… Continue reading Representations of Monsters in German Renaissance Prints

Werewolves, Wolves, and the Intersections between Human and Animal

Keywords: Werewolves, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Cannibalism, Petter Stump, Peter Stump, Peter Stumpf, Peter Stumpp, Wolves One of the earliest werewolf fables originated from the ancient festival of Zeus in Arcadia, Greece. Participants would choose a piece of meat from a mixture of both animal and human sacrifices. Those who unwittingly chose and ate the entrails of… Continue reading Werewolves, Wolves, and the Intersections between Human and Animal

Monstrous Women: Hair, Gender, and Sexuality in Early Modern German Prints

Keywords: Witches, body hair, wild woman, werewolves, sexuality The concept of shape-shifting and representations of human-animal hybrids in both literary sources and the visual arts captured the early modern European imagination. This phenomenon is particularly evident in the prevalence of pictorial prints featuring these creatures dated in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, produced in… Continue reading Monstrous Women: Hair, Gender, and Sexuality in Early Modern German Prints

Germanic Warrior Wolf Tribes: Werewolves, Shamanism, and Outlaws

Keywords: Norse mythology, Odin, warrior-wolf tribes, Lombards Old Norse literature is filled with stories of shape-shifting transformation of humans and gods alike, reflecting oral traditions of several hundred years (Davidson, 1986, p. 142; Cheilik, 1987, p. 269). These transformations were either voluntary, hereditary, or the result of a curse (Pluskowski, 2006, p. 185). They include… Continue reading Germanic Warrior Wolf Tribes: Werewolves, Shamanism, and Outlaws