Vivienne Dieckmann

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2.1.2O The Devil Made Me Do It

In the 1960s The Flip Wilson Show was on the top of the television charts. One of his characters, Geraldine, excused herself from any wrong-doing with the line, “The devil made me do it.” In this session we will explore the genesis of Geraldine’s concept through excerpts from John Milton’s Satan in Paradise Lost. Satan, as well as Geraldine, has influenced many literary characters whom we’ll explore in future classes. NEW!