Journals Higher Education



Published: 26 October 2004

272 Pages

ISBN: 9780748617630

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Hell in Contemporary Literature

Western Descent Narratives since 1945

Rachel Falconer

Published by Edinburgh University Press

  • Defines and discusses what constitutes Hell in contemporary secular Western cultures
  • Relates ideas from psychoanalysis to literary traditions ranging from Virgil and Dante to the present
  • Explores the concept of Hell in relation to crises in Western thought and identity. e.g. distortions of global capitalism, mental illness, war trauma and incarceration
  • Explains the significance of this narrative tradition of a 'descent to hell' in the immediate political context of 9/11 and its aftermath