I Want to Do Bad Things: Modern Interpretations of Evil

Volume Editors: Kristin L. Bone and Rivkah Grieg
This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2014.

Far from the confines of black and white, evil today is an often complex and ever-evolving concept which can be found in all facets of life. This book offers a collection of views on the concepts of evil and wickedness from a variety of subjects, helping to show the range and scope of this universal concept. Chapters begin by exploring the concept of evil from a philosophical perspective, attempting to question the very nature of evil itself and what issues help to constitute the subject. They continue by discussing evil as it relates to monetary value in terms of capitalism, politics, and binary code. The last two sections focus on evil through the lens of literature and film, touching upon a wide range of characters from the villain-hero of the Elizabethan era to the modern day antihero featured in twenty-first century film.

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Rivkah Greig is a middle school English teacher and an MA student at St. John’s College.

Kristin L. Bone is a PhD student at Trinity College in Dublin. She received an MA in Modern Literary Cultures focusing on vampires in literature; a topic which she continues to explore in her doctoral work. She is also a fantasy and science fiction novelist with an equally great love of both classical literature and speculative fiction.