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“The evil that men do” has been chronicled for thousands of years on the European stage, and perhaps nowhere else is human fear of our own evil more detailed than in its personifications in theater. In Stages of Evil, Robert Lima explores the sociohistorical implications of Christian and pagan representations of evil and the theatrical creativity that occultism has engendered. By examining examples of alchemy, astronomy, demonology, exorcism, fairies, vampires, witchcraft, hauntings, and voodoo in prominent plays, Stages of Evil explores American and European perceptions of occultism from medieval times to the modern age.
The University Press of Kentucky
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Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | English Language and Literature | Modern Literature
Lima, Robert, "Stages of Evil: Occultism in Western Theater and Drama" (2005). Studies in Romance Languages Series. 1.