Facing The Fiend

Author: Eva Marta Baillie
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1620329247
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Satan is not a theological concept, but a literary character. Systematic and pastoral theology struggles with the existence of Satan and at the same time, the devil inspires authors, poets, artists, and musicians--his true nature in art seems to be creative, even though he is usually associated with destruction. If we want to believe William Blake, the true poet is of the devil's party, without knowing it. The various accounts of the devil in literature and art would certainly promote the theory that Satan himself is working on the side of the artist. While the biblical canon leaves us with many open questions about Satan, the literary canon gives more than enough definitions and interpretations of the devil. Satan is a powerful literary figure, the eternal adversary, object and subject of the story. Without any real substance, he exists in the realm of the narrative, being at the same time destroyer and creator. Satan lends a face to what we experience as evil: the absence of relation, the exile of the soul, the loss of identity, the destruction of the other and the self.

Home On The Horizon

Author: Sally Bayley
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9781906165154
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In this study of space and place, Sally Bayley examines the meaning of 'home' in American literature and culture. Moving from the nineteenth-century homestead of Emily Dickinson to the present-day reality of Bob Dylan, Bayley investigates the relationship of the domestic frontier to the wide-open spaces of the American outdoors. In contemporary America, she argues, the experience of home is increasingly isolated, leading to unsettling moments of domestic fallout. At the centre of the book is the exposed and often shifting domain of the domestic threshold: Emily Dickinson's doorstep, Edward Hopper's doors and windows, and Harper Lee's front porch. Bayley tracks these historically fragile territories through contemporary literature and film, including Cormac McCarthy's "No Country For Old Men," Lars Von Trier's "Dogville," and Andrew Dominik's "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" - works that explore local, domestic territories as emblems of nation. The culturally potent sites of the american home - the hearth, porch, backyard, front lawn, bathroom, and basement - are positioned in relation to the more conflicted sites of the American motel and hotel.

Country Roads How Country Came To Nashville

Author: Brian Hinton
Publisher: Bobcat Books
ISBN: 0857128442
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Hinton's latest book takes readers on an enthralling journey to explain the diverse music that has come to be known as country, starting with Celtic myth and mystery, traveling to the Appalachian mountains, and taking a few unexpected turns along the way with such disparate personalities as Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, and Elvis Presley.