Demonic History

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Publication Date
March 2015
Page Count
272 pages
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6 x 9

Demonic History

From Goethe to the Present
Kirk Wetters

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.

About the Author

Kirk Wetters is an associate professor of German at Yale University. Among his previous books is The Opinion System: Impasses of the Public Sphere from Hobbes to Habermas.

"Wetters’s thought-provoking second monograph traces the idea of the demonic in German literature from Goethe to Doderer... Wetters's prose is refined and clear, making [it a] welcome contribution to areas of discourse that should continue to bear useful exploration." --German Studies Review