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Title The hermeneutics of hell : visions and representations of the devil in world literature / edited by Gregor Thuswaldner and Daniel Russ, editors.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

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Subject Devil in literature.
Alt Name Thuswaldner, Gregor,
Russ, Dan, 1949-
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary This collection of essays analyzes global depictions of the devil from theological, Biblical, and literary perspectives, spanning the late Middle Ages to the 21st century. The chapters explore demonic representations in the literary works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Dante Alighieri, Charles Baudelaire, John Milton, H.P. Lovecraft, and Cormac McCarthy, among others. The text examines other media such as the operas Orfeo and Erminia sul Giordano and the television shows Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, and Mad Men. The Hermeneutics of Hell, featuring an international set of established and up-and-coming authors, masterfully examines the evolution of the devil from the Biblical accounts of the Middle Ages to the individualized presence of the modern world.
Contents 1 Introduction: The Devil You Know and the Devils You Don't Know -- 2 Two Brass Mites of the Widow : Saint Bridget of Sweden and the Terrors of Hell -- 3 The Uses of Tentatio: Satan, Luther, and Theological Maturation -- 4 As an Angel of Light: Satanic Rhetoric in Early Modern Literature and Theology -- 5 Astrophal redivivus: The Coinage of the Discourse on the Devil in the Early Modern Age in Georg Bernardt SJ's Tundalus redivivus (1622) -- 6 The Drama of Hell: Sources and Interpretation in 17th Century Operatic Infernal Scenes -- 7 The Dia-bolic Logic of logos Towards a Hermeneutics of Hell in Goethe's Faust -- 8 Literature, Theology, Survival -- 9 Dostoevsky's Demons -- 10 "la maniere de Milton": Baudelaire Reads Milton's Satan -- 11 Money as the Devil in B. Traven's "Assembly Line" and Its Sources in Scripture, the Faust Legend, and New England Puritanism -- 12 Visions of Hell in Flannery O'Connor -- 13 "He Haunts One for Hours Afterwards": Demonic Dissonance in Milton's Satan and Lovecraft's Nyarlathotep -- 14 "The One Who Knocks:" Milton's Lucifer and the American Tragic Character -- 15 Reading the devil in the landscape -- 16 A Landscape of the Damned: Evil and Nothingness in Cormac McCarthy's Outer Dark.
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ISBN 9783319521985 (electronic bk.)
3319521985 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-319-52198-5
OCLC # 1004365911
Additional Format Print version: 9783319521978 3319521977 (OCoLC)965808073

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