The Hermeneutics of Hell

Visions and Representations of the Devil in World Literature

Editors: Thuswaldner, Gregor, Russ, Daniel (Eds.)

  • Ranges in literary focus from medieval to contemporary literature
    Discusses the Devil in a wide variety of religious contexts including Christian and Judaic
    Features an international group of scholars, both junior and senior, working with British, American, French, Russian, Italian, and German literature, as well as in Religious Studies

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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. 

About the authors

Gregor Thuswaldner is Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Humanities at North Park University in Chicago. He earned his PhD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in North Carolina, USA. His most recent book publications include a translation of Felix Mitterer’s play Jägerstätter (with Robert Dassanowsky, 2015) and the essay collection Making Sacrifices: Visions of Sacrifice in European and American Cultures (with Nicholas Brooks, 2016).
L. Daniel Russ  is former Academic Dean and Professor of English at Gordon College, Executive Director of Christians in the Visual Arts, Headmaster of Trinity Christian Academy, and Managing Director of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. He earned his PhD from the University of Dallas in Texas, USA.  He is a Fellow of the Dallas Institute, a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum, and a Senior Fellow of The Alexandrian Forum. He is the author of Flesh-and-Blood Jesus: Learning to be Fully Human from the Son of Man.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Devil We Know and the Devils We Don’t Know

    Russ, Daniel (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • “Two Brass Mites of the Widow”: Saint Bridget of Sweden and the Terrors of Hell

    Peterson, Mark Edwin

    Pages 9-26

  • The Uses of Tentatio: Satan, Luther, and Theological Maturation

    Springer, Carl P. E.

    Pages 27-46

  • As an Angel of Light: Satanic Rhetoric in Early Modern Literature and Theology

    Parry, David

    Pages 47-71

  • Astrophal Redivivus: The Coinage of the Discourse on the Devil in the Early Modern Age in Georg Bernardt S.J.’s Tundalus Redivivus (1622)

    Olszynski, David Johannes

    Pages 73-92

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Hardcover £67.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Hermeneutics of Hell
Book Subtitle
Visions and Representations of the Devil in World Literature
Editors
  • Gregor Thuswaldner
  • Daniel Russ
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52198-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52198-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52197-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 322
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations
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