Nature, Curses, and Women

Abstract

In stories with shapeshifting brides and cursed husbands, human and animal identities are often intertwined. In these stories, the original forms of these supernatural brides and grooms reveals much about how their culture views them, making a clear divide between the world of the familiar. In order to explore this subject, this Data Visualizations project will be focusing on the Animal Brides and Bridegrooms and their relationships with their spouses. With the help of tools like Voyant, Antconc, and StoryMap, I intend to take and compare Animal Bride and Bridegroom stories from around the world in order to prove that the wives in the stories, both the shapeshifters and the brides of beasts, are more closely tied to nature than society.

The Project

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