Faust Course, Taught in English, Summer 2018 (2A)

GERM 44.03: The Faust Tradition

Taught in English at 2A in Summer 2018

Faust's famous story of selling his soul to the devil in return for knowledge, wealth, power, love, freedom, or youth has been told in many ways and in diverse media. This course considers the life and times of the historical Faust(s), P.F,’s The Damnable Life and Deserved Death of Dr. John Faust, Marlowe's The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, Goethe's Faust, French and Russian Fausts (Valery; Pushkin, Turgenev, Chirikov, Lunacharsky), Klaus Mann's Mephisto and Thomas Mann's Doctor Faustus, and Faustian figures in New England (Louisa May Alcott's A Modern Mephistopheles and Stephen Vincent Benet’s The Devil and Daniel Webster). The course also considers representations of Faust in the visual arts, operas, and films (Cornelius, Retzsch, Delacroix, Barlach, Clarke, Sturm, Beckmann; Spohr, Berlioz, Schumann, Gounod, Boito, Busoni, Schnittke; Murnau, Dieterle, Szabo, Svankmayer, Sokurov). The course thus concerns the enduring fascination that Faust and his sidekick Mephistopheles have held from the beginning of modern times.