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Hell in Our Time

Rachel Falconer

in Hell in Contemporary Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780748617630
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651733 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617630.003.0002
Hell in Our Time

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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

Chapter.  13642 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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