The Devil Next Door

Toward a Literary and Psychological Definition of Human Evil

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Rather than theoretical or abstract, above all else, this monograph endeavors to serve as a practical guide, a handbook for helping us navigate a dark terrain. It neither presumes to examine the sources of evil nor suggest radical cures. These pages strive only to continue the process of naming the signs of individual evil that we might recognize these persons before they inflict even more damage. Scott Peck says it best. “If evil were easy to recognize, identify, and manage, there would be no need for this book.” Of course, he was referring to his own pioneering treatise; given the realities of our day, the need remains as great as ever.
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Biographical Note

Vera B. Profit is Professor of German and Comparative Literature, University of Notre Dame. Previous monographs include: Interpretations of Iwan Goll’s late Poetry with a comprehensive and annotated Bibliography of the Writings by and about Iwan Goll, Ein Porträt meiner Selbst: Karl Krolow’s Autobiographical Poems (1945-1958) and Their French Sources, and Menschlich: Gespräche mit Karl Krolow. She earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (French and German) at the University of Rochester, NY, and spent two years studying abroad: one at the University of Vienna, the other at the Sorbonne.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Foreword Book One: Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s Der Verdacht Chapter One: Victimization Chapters Two and Three: Failure to Respect the Autonomy of Others and Their Depersonalization Chapter Four: Narcissism Chapter Five: Abuse of Power Chapter Six: Scapegoating Chapter Seven: Lying Chapter Eight: Refusal to Heed Criticism Book Two: Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray Chapter One: Victimization Chapters Two and Three: Failure to Respect the Autonomy of Others and Their Depersonalization Chapter Four: Narcissism Chapter Five: Abuse of Power Chapter Six: Scapegoating Chapter Seven: Lying Chapter Eight: Refusal to Heed Criticism Afterword Epilogue: A Literary and Psychological Paradigm of Group Evil: Max Frisch’s Andorra Bibliography Previous Publications

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