Histories of the Devil

From Marlowe to Mann and the Manichees

  • Jeremy Tambling

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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    Pages 1-19
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    Pages 113-162
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    Pages 163-193
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    Pages 195-222
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    Pages 223-254
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    Pages 255-282
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 283-308

About this book


This book is about representations of the devil in English and European literature. Tracing the fascination in literature, philosophy, and theology with the irreducible presence of what may be called evil, or comedy, or the carnivalesque, this book surveys the parts played by the devil in the texts derived from the Faustus legend, looks at Marlowe and Shakespeare, Rabelais, Milton, Blake, Hoffmann, Baudelaire, Goethe, Dostoevsky, Bulgakov, and Mann, historically, speculatively, and from the standpoint of critical theory. It asks:  Is there a single meaning to be assigned to the idea of the diabolical? What value lies in thinking diabolically? Is it still the definition of a good poet to be of the devil's party, as Blake argued?


Diabolical Witchcraft Necromancy Soliloquy Faust Double Carnival Nihilism Theology Madness Modernity Christianity Deconstruction Comedy Aesthetic Theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Jeremy Tambling
    • 1
  1. 1.LondonUnited Kingdom

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