GERMAN 451 - Faust Uncensored
Section: 001
Term: WN 2019
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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The stories of Faust are as old as the Bible and as new as biotech. They are about the nature of evil, and about spirituality in conflict with both materialism and orthodox religion. We focus on the great versions by Marlowe, Goethe, Mann, and Bulgakov (hilarious and profound), but we also range widely in discussing theology (esp. Luther), psychology (Freud), political and religious censorship, magic and the beginnings of modern science, politics, and lots of music (esp. Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Shostakovich).

Some of the topics covered in lectures: Good and Evil — The myth of the Magus and the historical Dr. Faustus — Martin Luther and the theology of salvation — Magic and other Enchantments — The Chapbook of 1587 — Religion in 16th-century England — Christopher Marlowe and his world — Demonology — Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Gounod’s Faust — Freud on the interpretation of dreams — Mythology and the evolution of consciousness — Hegel’s and Goethe’s “phenomenology” — “The disenchantment of the world” — Tonality — Beethoven the revolutionary — Arnold Schoenberg, Mann, and the Nazis — “The Game of the Soviet Censor” — The Gospel of Socialist Realism — Shostakovich vs. Stalin — What is “Faustian”?

Class Format:

Taught in English.

GERMAN 451 - Faust Uncensored
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9780393977547
Doctor Faustus : a two-text edition (A-text, 1604; B-text, 1616), contexts and sources, criticism, Author: Marlowe, Christopher, 1564-1593., Publisher: W.W. Norton 2005
ISBN: 9780393972825
Faust : a tragedy : interpretive notes, contexts, modern criticism, Author: Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832., Publisher: W.W. Norton 2001
ISBN: 9780375701160
Doctor Faustus : the life of the German composer Adrian Leverku?hn as told by a friend, Author: Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955., Publisher: Vintage International 2000
ISBN: 9780679760801
The Master and Margarita, Author: Bulgakov, Mihail Afanas?evic, 1891-1940., Publisher: Vintage Books 1996
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