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HIST 388 - The Devil in The Western World


FDR: HU Humanities Distribution
Credits: 3

Prerequisite: at least sophomore class standing. The devil is one of the most recognizable figures in Europe and America, appearing in religion, art, popular culture, and even political rhetoric. This course explores how (primarily Christian) understandings of the devil and his role in the cosmos have changed from late antiquity to the present. Together, we ask why the devil became (and remains) such an influential part of Western culture. We examine when and why the devil was invoked, what the devil meant across time and space, and why certain groups have been demonized throughout history. Topics covered include the biblical origins of Satan, medieval demonology, the impact of the Reformation and Enlightenment, cases of possession and witchcraft, gender and the demonic, depictions of the devil in literature and film, and modern discussions about the nature of evil.



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