Literature and Experience

336pp 10 ILLUS 2012 LIST PRICE: £24.99 (P) LA06



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Through reappraisals of masterpieces by Shakespeare, Milton, Goethe, Dostoevsky and Mann, and through dialogues with thinkers as diverse as Luther, Hegel, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, this book reveals the demonic as a vital force in our daily lives that we disavow to our cost. It is a rich, disturbing and personal defence of the dark side by a critic committed to making literature matter.

One of the most impressive features of the book is the sheer range of authors Fernie manages to recruit to the Devil's party . . . one of the most bracing and spirited books of literary criticism of recent years. REVIEW OF ENGLISH STUDIES