Why the Devil has all the best tunes
A new book by Dr Fred Parker explores how some of our greatest writers have drawn on the Devil for inspiration.
In The Devil as Muse, to be published later this month by Baylor University Press, Dr Parker explores not just how the Devil is portrayed, and how this has subtly but radically changed over the centuries, but also how writers have engaged with the daemonic or diabolical as a source of their own creativity, drawing on evil for their inspiration.
Dr Parker is Programme Director for the Institute’s Literature International Summer School, and teaches on other of our courses, as well as being University Senior Lecturer in English. His teaching interests range widely, with an emphasis on English literature from Milton to Byron, tragedy, and relations between literature and philosophy.