The Devil: Dr Gary Day

"The devil is not who you think he is. It’s not just that he suffers from multiple personality disorder - did he not say ‘my name is Legion for we are many? - it’s also that we get very little sense of who he is from the Bible. There are only 49 references to Satan in the scriptures and a little over a hundred to devils rather than the devil. This course will look at the antecedents of Satan, his various roles in the Bible, his appearance in art and literature and why we seem to need him almost as much as the Almighty him/her/itself."

Tutor: Dr Gary Day

"Gary Day was a principal lecturer in English at De Montfort. He gave the centenary lecture on F.R. Leavis at Cambridge and for many years was on the committee of the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. He is the author of five books, including one on Leavis, and his latest, The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present, was described in the Times Literary Supplement as ‘an ambitious book, richly informative, consistently readable and conscientiously argued’. He has edited various collections of essays on topics ranging from Victorian literature and culture to D H Lawrence. Gary was also for many years a columnist and reviewer for the Times Higher. His essay John Bunyan: Class and Englishness will be published in the The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan next year."