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inklings – Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik

C. S. Lewis – 50 Jahre nach seinem Tod- Werk und Wirkung zwischen Huldigung und Kritik


Dieter Petzold

«Inklings» nannte sich eine Gruppe von Schriftstellern und Geisteswissenschaftlern in Oxford, deren bekannteste Mitglieder J.R.R. Tolkien und C.S. Lewis waren. Die Inklings-Gesellschaft e.V. widmet sich seit 1983 dem Studium und der Verbreitung der Werke dieser und ihnen nahestehender Autoren sowie der Analyse des Phantastischen in Literatur, Film und Kunst allgemein. Ihre Jahrestagungen werden in Jahrbüchern dokumentiert. Dieser Band enthält zehn Vorträge der Tagung C.S. Lewis – 50 Jahre nach seinem Tod, die 2013 in Aachen stattfand, um eine Einschätzung des Werks des Schriftstellers, Literaturwissenschaftlers und Laientheologen Lewis und seiner Wirkung vorzunehmen, sowie fünf weitere Beiträge und zahlreiche Rezensionen.
«Inklings» was the name of a group of Oxford scholars and writers; its best-known members were J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The German Inklings-Gesellschaft, founded in 1983, is dedicated to the discussion and dissemination of the works of these authors and of writers commonly associated with them and to the study of the fantastic in literature, film and the arts in general. The proceedings of the annual Inklings conferences are being published in yearbooks. This volume contains ten papers presented at the 2013 conference on C.S. Lewis – 50 years after his death in Aachen that attempted a re-evaluation of the author, literary scholar and lay theologian Lewis and an assessment of his impact. In addition, there are five general articles and numerous reviews.
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The Devil as Tragic Figure in English Literature: Part One – From Old English Poetry to Paradise Lost


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Stefan Lampadius


Part One – From Old English Poetry to Paradise Lost

The devil has long been a focal point for the definition of good and evil, and in the traditional Christian worldview Satan is the major source of evil in the world. The examination of the devil figure in English literature can offer insight into the changing representations of evil, especially the transformation of the devil figure as a literary character and a point of comparison for ethical concerns. This paper aims to explore the tragic aspects of the devil as the personification of evil in English literature, considering evil as a state of mind that is inherently tragic for all sides, but also to examine the unfortunate mechanism of demonization. Starting with the genesis of the devil figure in the Scriptures, this article gives an overview of the Satanic adversary as tragic figure from Old English poetry up to Milton’s Paradise Lost (as the first of two parts of a broader overview), reflecting major discourses on the nature of evil in religion, politics, psychology and philosophy through English literature.

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