CoastLine: Satan in Popular Culture

Jul 21, 2017

Five women hanged during the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts were memorialized Wednesday, July 19th on the 325th anniversary of their deaths.  Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Susannah Martin, Sarah Wildes, and Rebecca Nurse might sound like familiar names -- either from history class or the Arthur Miller play, The Crucible, which was based on the Salem Witch Trials.  Twenty people were killed during that 17th century witch hunt. 

On this edition of CoastLine, we take a closer look at how cultures define and think about evil.  We explore how depictions of the Devil, Satan, Lucifer, have evolved over the years and how they show up in our modern culture and thought. 

Here to take us on this tour of evil personified – is not, as some of you might have expected, Cleve Callison, a minion of Satan and the very archetype of a corrupt human being (see previous Friday Feedbacks on our website for context), but...


Nicholas Laudadio, Assistant Professor, English Department of the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.  He also teaches a course called The Devil Inside: Satan in Popular Culture.