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Hell in Contemporary LiteratureWestern Descent Narratives since 1945$
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Rachel Falconer

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780748617630

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617630.001.0001

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Hell in Our Time

Hell in Our Time

(p.12) (p.13) Chapter 1 Hell in Our Time
Hell in Contemporary Literature

Rachel Falconer

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the modern views of Hell, beginning by addressing the question ‘is Hell a fable’? Here it looks at various representations of Hell, such as the supposed resemblance between the spatial organisation of the Nazi concentration camps and the traditional Western iconographies of Hell. The chapter looks at the changing definitions of inferno and hell, and then examines how the modern underworld has been experienced, narrated and theoretically conceptualised.

Keywords:   Hell, modern views, representations, Nazi concentration camps, iconographies, inferno, modern underworld

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