This course will trace the perceptions of evil in its most popular form - Satan - throughout American history: from the Puritans in Plymouth Colony, the 19th century writings of A. Bierce and Mark Twain to the celebration of Satan in LaVey's Satanic Bible and various Hollywood movies and music genres. At times celebrated as the force that brings the light (of understanding), Satan was feared and fought once again in the 1980s during the Stanic Panic. Lately, the lines between good and evil in American society and culture however have blurred, leaving "Satan" less clearly distinguished but more open to humorous interpretations of our human weaknesses.