Monday, May 16, 2011

More on the beast...

I began this weeks research browsing the governmental resources provided to the class by librarian Rob Lopresti. First, I did a search through, which brought me to a few educational sites (one, a high school senior's poorly spelled final research paper (Benson), many results from a researcher with the last name of Gévaudan and a website of cryptids called 'The Unmuseum,' a rather sketchy page that probably shouldn't show up in a government search engine. (Krystek 2003) All in all, no useful information whatsoever.

I conducted a similar search (using, simply, the term Gévaudan ) in Google's 'U.S. Government Search.' Again, many articles related to the pharmacologist (at least, I think that's what they are) MJ Gévaudan, but also came across a few other sites, slightly more related to the beast. The first was a brief listing in The Library of Congress, another led me to an archive of multilingual articles. Unfortunately, though a search therein returned many articles concerning Le bete du Gévaudan, none were in English. After this, I searched a number of the other databases recommended by the library guide, but all my searches were fruitless.


A quick search in Google News turned a rather interesting article that (though briefly) mentioned the beast. It was a fashion piece published in The New York Timesabout ten years back, called 'When Fashion Decreed Stripes a Capital Crime.' It discusses the 'diabolical' esthetic of stripes, even mentioning that the French academic Michel Pastoureau once said that the "'beast' of Gévaudan could not not be striped" because it was so vile. (Eakin 2001 )

I did another search through Google News using the same term, but focusing on the years 1760 up until 1900, and found a few articles (also through the New York Times) published in the mid-eighteen hundreds that mentioned Gévaudan's torturer --unfortunately, none the correlating PDFs would open. There was one PDF, however, that I was able to open directly from Google News. It was just a three-sentence blip found in the February 13, 1959 edition of The Spokesman Review; the piece described a hundred-strong "monster hunt….in southern France," and in doing so mentioned that the "huge footprints in the snow and (the) nocturnal wailings created fear that the legendary 200-year-old "monster of the Gévaudan " had returned." (Spokesman 39)

Benson, Alan. "Paper and Reflections." Wolves. Web. 16 May 2011. <>.

Eakin, Emily. "When Fashion Decreed Stripes A Capital Crime - New York Times." The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. 9 June 2001. Web. 16 May 2011.

Krystek, Lee. "The UnMuseum - Werewolf!" The Museum of UnNatural Mystery. 2003. Web. 16 May 2011. <>.

The Spokesman-Review. "Monster Hunt Hunts Monster." The Spokesman-Review [Spokane, Wa] 13 Feb. 1959: 39. Google News. Web. 16 May 2011. <,3801485&dq=g%C3%A9vaudan&hl=en>.

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