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Demonic History: From Goethe to the Present
by Kirk Wetters
Northwestern University Press, 2014
Cloth: 978-0-8101-2976-4 | Paper: 978-0-8101-3253-5 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-6764-3
Library of Congress Classification PT134.D456W48 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 830.937

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In this ambitious book, Kirk Wetters traces the genealogy of the demonic in German literature from its imbrications in Goethe to its varying legacies in the work of essential authors, both canonical and less well known, such as Gundolf, Spengler, Benjamin, Lukács, and Doderer. Wetters focuses especially on the philological and metaphorological resonances of the demonic from its core formations through its appropriations in the tumultuous twentieth century.


Propelled by equal parts theoretical and historical acumen, Wetters explores the ways in which the question of the demonic has been employed to multiple theoretical, literary, and historico-political ends. He thereby produces an intellectual history that will be consequential both to scholars of German literature and to comparatists.




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