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The Devil's party : Satanism in modernity

Author: Per Faxneld; Jesper Aagaard Petersen
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2013.
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"Self-declared Satanism, especially as a religion with cultural production and consumption, history, and organization, has largely been neglected by academia. This volume, focused on modern Satanism as a practiced religion of life-style, attempts to reverse that trend with 12 cutting-edge essays from the emerging field of Satanism studies. Topics covered range from early literary Satanists like Blake and Shelley, to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Per Faxneld; Jesper Aagaard Petersen
ISBN: 9780199779239 0199779236 9780199779246 0199779244 9780199979646 0199979642
OCLC Number: 781939300
Description: ix, 289 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: "It is better to believe in the Devil': conceptions of Satanists and sympathies for the devil in early modern Sweden / Mikael Häll --
Sex, science, and liberty: the resurrection of Satan in nineteenth-century (counter) culture / Ruben van Luijk --
Witches, anarchism, and evolutionism: Stanislaw Przybyszewski's fin-de-siècle Satanism and the demonic feminine / Per Faxneld --
Categorizing modern Satanism: an analysis of LaVey's early writings / Amina Olander Lap --
Sources, sects, and scripture: the book of Satan in the Satanic Bible / Eugene V. Gallagher --
Hidden persuaders and invisible wars: Anton LaVey and conspiracy culture / Asbjørn Dyrendal --
Conversion to Satanism: constructing diabolical identities / James R. Lewis --
Carnival of Dr. LaVey: articulations of transgression in modern Satanism / Jesper Aagaard Petersen --
Making of Satanic collective identities in Poland: from mechanic to organic solidarity / Rafal Smoczynski --
Left-hand path and post-Satanism: the temple of set and the evolution of Satanism / Kennet Granholm --
Luciferian witchcraft: at the crossroads between Paganism and Satanism / Fredrik Gregorius --
Secret identities in the sinister tradition: political esotericism and the convergence of radical Islam, Satanism, and national socialism in the Order of Nine Angles / Jacob C. Senholt.
Responsibility: edited by Per Faxneld and Jesper Aa. Petersen.

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"Self-declared Satanism, especially as a religion with cultural production and consumption, history, and organization, has largely been neglected by academia. This volume, focused on modern Satanism as a practiced religion of life-style, attempts to reverse that trend with 12 cutting-edge essays from the emerging field of Satanism studies. Topics covered range from early literary Satanists like Blake and Shelley, to the Californian Church of Satan of the 1960s, to the radical developments that have taken place in the Satanic milieu in recent decades. The contributors analyze such phenomena as conversion to Satanism, connections between Satanism and political violence, 19th-century decadent Satanism, transgression, conspiracy theory, and the construction of Satanic scripture. A wide array of methods are employed to shed light on the Devil's disciples: statistical surveys, anthropological field studies, philological examination of The Satanic Bible, contextual analysis of literary texts, careful scrutiny of obscure historical records, and close readings of key Satanic writings. The book will be an invaluable resource for everyone interested in Satanism as a philosophical or religious position of alterity rather than as an imagined other."--Publisher's description.

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The contributors to The Devils Party have established a significant foundation from which other researchers can draw inspiration. * Susan Raine, Religion *

 
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