Drawing on historical sources, myth and folklore, Fantastic Creatures in Mythology and Folklore explores the roles of fantastical beasts - particularly the unicorn, the mermaid, and the dragon - in a series of thematic chapters organised according to their legendary dwelling place, be this land, sea, or air.
Through this original approach, Juliette Wood provides the first study of mythical beasts in history from the medieval period to the present day, providing new insights into the ways these creatures continue to define our constantly changing relationship to both real and imagined worlds. It places particular emphasis on the role of the internet, computer games, and the cyberspace community, and in doing so, demonstrates that the core medieval myth surrounding these creatures remains static within the ever-increasing arena of mass marketing and the internet.
This is a vital resource for undergraduates studying fantastic creatures in history, literature and media studies.
Juliette Wood is Associate Lecturer at Cardiff University, UK. She is the author of numerous books, including Legends of Chivalry: Medieval Myth (2000) and The Eternal Chalice: The Enduring Myth of the Holy Grail (2008).
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1. When Unicorns Walked the Earth: A Brief History of the Unicorn and its Fellows
2. Lingering in Sea Caves: The World of the Mermaid
3. Things with Wings: The Creatures of the Air
4. The Age-old Scourge: Dragons and Monstrous Serpents